The Associated Press notes today that Secretary of Defense Gates is open to Americans taking "an advisory role" in Iraq past 2011. I am not. The story is here.
Let us not forget that the war in Iraq was started by an American administration besed on a muddy rationale at best. WE started it on bad intelligence information that the Bushites either deliberately manipulated to get American troops into the Middle East for unclear reasons or they mistook to be dangerous when it was actually non-existent. There were no WMDs. To state this plainly, we made a big mistake. We started a war where there definitely did not have to be one. Now Americans have died and suffered life-long injuries in a war that should never have been. And we are going to prolong our involvement? I think not. I will personally protest the Pentagon over this one if it happens.
CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)