British Top Commander Calls For Pulling Out of Iraq

October 13, 2006 at 3:05 am | Posted in Great Britain, Iraq, King George, Military, Muslim, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Britain’s top military commander is calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, causing much uproar over in Britain. His reasoning is very astute and based on the reality of the situation.

General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the army, dropped a political bombshell last night by saying that Britain must withdraw from Iraq “soon” or risk serious consequences for Iraqi and British society.

In a blistering attack on Tony Blair’s foreign policy, Gen Dannatt said the continuing military presence in Iraq was jeopardising British security and interests around the world.

“I don’t say that the difficulties we are experiencing round the world are caused by our presence in Iraq, but undoubtedly our presence in Iraq exacerbates them,” he said in comments that met with admiration from anti-war campaigners and disbelief in some parts of Westminster.

He continues:

“As a foreigner, you can be welcomed by being invited in a country, but we weren’t invited … by those in Iraq at the time. The military campaign we fought in 2003 effectively kicked the door in.

“Whatever consent we may have had in the first place, may have turned to tolerance and has largely turned to intolerance.” He added that planning for the postwar phase was “poor” and the aim of imposing a liberal democracy in Iraq had been over-ambitious. He was more optimistic that “we can get it right in Afghanistan.”

For the most part, response has been positive from Britons. I’m glad to see a military man speaking truthfully while still in uniform. I have gotten tired of hearing American generals say the very same thing only after they have retired.

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