I find it quite remarkable that the Pentagon arranges a telephone news conference with the Anbar general who said we need more troops in Anbar ... and he still won't play along with the Rumsfeld line:
"For what we are trying to achieve out here I think our force levels are about right," [Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer] said. Even so, he said the training of Iraqi soldiers and police had not progressed as quickly as once expected.
"Now, if that mission statement changes — if there is seen a larger role for coalition forces out here to win that insurgency fight — then that is going to change the metrics of what we need out here," he added.
So we do not have enough troops to win against the insurgency, just to "stifle" it. Fire. Rumsfeld. Now. Although you know what's going to happen now, don't you? They're probably going to fire Zilmer.
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