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BREAKING: Cartwright Says to Expect 5-10 More Years of War


The Army Times reports here that, according to a high placed military leader, there may be no end in sight to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “No one I know thinks we’ll be out of these kinds of conflicts any time soon,” said Marine Corps General and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, James Cartwright at a forum sponsored by Center for Strategic and International Studies. These kinds of conflicts, it’s an interesting choice of words.

It makes one think the vice chairman of the joint chiefs thinks there will not only be no end in sight, but also more conflicts.  And, reminds the Army Times article’s author John T Bennett, this comes after Gates said he doubted there would be more such conflicts due to the high cost of casualties.

Here’s more:

“There is nothing out there that tells us we won’t be wrapped up in these conflicts for as far as the eye can see,” Cartwright said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies-sponsored forum.

In coming years, however, the military might be tasked with fighting these kinds of wars “in different places and at different levels,” Cartwright said.

He did not point to specific nations into which U.S. forces or assets might be deployed over the next decade beyond Iraq and the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

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It was just earlier this week that we heard from the UK Guardian that the further reduction of troops in Iraq has been postponed for at least a month due to “escalating bloodshed and political instability” in recent days.  There always seems to be a reason for yet another extension.  

It’s getting to the point that one has to wonder if there is any hope for withdrawal at all.  And more to the point, can we have faith the president meant what he said as a candidate for president when withdrawal continues as a moving target?  Or is he not calling the shots on the subject anymore, as Seymour Hersh recently suggested?  

Meanwhile the Trillion-plus wars are merging with the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression to form a “Perfect Bush Storm” on the treasury.  At what point does President Obama finally cut the cord from Bush on this?  

The Army Times article continues, “Cartwright said this approach, unless corrected, has the military on a path toward lacking enough ships and aircraft to be in all the many places American presence is required.” Cartwright is concerned with whether we can afford this.  Indeed.  

However, one has to wonder how long we will be persuaded that the cost of this war is not defense industry welfare.  And, of course, we’ll have to replace everything lost in the war. More industry contracts.  But the lives lost cannot be replaced.  With the best of intentions, men and women served their country and our nation continues to both lose and misuse them.  One more time, bring them home.

  • Tom

    With no American troops to shoot at, they’d just be killing their own citizens. Let murders all kill each other until only the people in those countries who want to just get on with their lives will be left to work out a peace among themselves.

    We’ve tried killing people on both sides and our troops are always caught in the crossfire. If America decided not to participate in this never-ending cycle of killing, I think the violence would if not end at least drop dramatically because they’d have no one to blame but themselves and they would finally have to find a way to find their own solutions. There is, and never has been, a “military” solution. The people who live there have to take responsibility ofr their own countries and their own governments. We cannot, and should not be “military policemen for the world”. If our Pres. can’t muster the courage to tell Iraq and Afghanistan that they are now in charge of their own country and their own destiny, then all he has to do is ask Secretary of State Clinton to say it for him. She isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said, and he should not be afraid to say what needs to be said either. There is no need to get Congress involved at all. All the Pres. has to do is just continue brining home American troops. The Brits have already begun their part in draw down, as have the Canadians and other countries. The war is over. It’s time for us to leave.

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    from Will Pitt.

  • Hugo Estrada

    There is no concrete benefit to Americans from this war. These two wars were waged for oil pipe or oil, and we haven’t seen any of the benefits from it.

    Afghanistan bankrupted the USSR out of existence. Do we have to insist on doing the same thing?

    How soon can the boy point at the emperor and state that it has no cloths? How soon will we realize that won’t protect us from the 9-11 terrorist who didn’t even come from Iraq or Afghanistan?