These guys definitely are not students of history. Impervious to news of recent advances in Iraq, they are making this proposal:
WASHINGTON - A panel of retired senior military and police officers recommended Thursday that the United States lighten its footprint in Iraq to counter the image that it's an "occupying force."
Basically, they are saying, let us return to the proven failure of yesterday.
"The force footprint should be adjusted in our view to represent an expeditionary capability and to combat a permanent-force image of today's presence," said retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, who led the 20-member commission.
There's that image thing again. What is this about "image?" Where is this guy coming from?
This will make an eventual departure much easier," Jones told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
So, there you have it. Another former military officer, oblivious to advances in Iraq, trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by advocating a cut and run policy.
Is advice like this helpful? I think not.