Casey at the Plate |

Casey at the Plate

General George Casey and Secretary Rumsfield gave interesting testimony a few days ago. In June 2005, General Casey testified that we should definitely see significant U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq in early 2006. In the same testimony General Casey also said that Iraq had three Iraqi battalions that were “battle ready”.Those proposed U.S. troop withdrawals prior to 2006 elections were statements the Bush Administration had pushed. However, on Sept. 29, General Casey said at the present time we just cannot say how soon U.S. troops can start to be withdrawn (strike 1); and that only one battalion of Iraqi troops were “battle ready” (strike 2).This really did not sound like the same message presented by President Bush that we heard just a few days earlier as he made a nationwide speech and stated we are making real progress in Iraq.Can you recall in recent months the discussions about U.S. military installations being closed? I ask all Summit Daily readers if any one has heard of any of the 14 U.S. military bases in Iraq being on any of those closing lists? I invite readers with internet access to go to and then type in: “U.S. Military Bases Iraq”. Google lists statements, articles and publications from all public sources. In general it shows that our faithful and well-paid “private contractors” are extremely active on theses 14 Iraqi bases. They are constructing permanent-type buildings and it is reported that some even have commissaries and Pizza Huts. If President Bush would just make a public, on-the-record statement that these Iraqi military bases are being built just to house the Iraqi Army and that they are being surrounded by U. S. troops to protect the Iraqi Army, then maybe the U.S. would get a little more support from the Iraqi population.I urge you to tell your Congressmen to vote for some additional base closings: those in Iraq. Also remind them that General Casey should have only one more strike.

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