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Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Worst Military Mistake in US History

Any guesses? A prominent general, now retired, asserts that Pres. Bush's invasion of Iraq was the worst military mistake in US History. Of course, many already knew this fact. What historians will say about the loss of prestige, the strategic defeat of the US military in the field, and the visitation of immense death and suffering upon innocewnt men, women, and children will no doubt be forgotten in hundreds of years. Its immediate repercussions will shape Middle eastern politics for the foreseeable future.
Retired general: Iraq invasion was 'strategic disaster'
The Lowell Sun

WASHINGTON -- The invasion of Iraq was the “greatest strategic disaster in United States history,” a retired Army general said yesterday, strengthening an effort in Congress to force an American withdrawal beginning next year., Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Odom, a Vietnam veteran, said the invasion of Iraq alienated America's Middle East allies, making it harder to prosecute a war against terrorists.

The U.S. should withdraw from Iraq, he said, and reposition its military forces along the Afghan-Pakistani border to capture Osama bin Laden and crush al Qaeda cells.

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