Heck of a job, everyone

Bush reportedly plans to dump his top generals in Iraq.

By Tim Grieve
Published January 5, 2007 2:03PM (EST)

After his bait-and-switch remarks on Donald Rumsfeld, we really shouldn't be surprised anymore.

But here's what George W. Bush said in September about the generals responsible for running the war in Iraq: "I'm going to tell you I've got great confidence in Gen. John Abizaid and Gen. George Casey. These are extraordinary men who understand the difficulties of the task, and understand there is a delicate relationship between self-sufficiency on the Iraqis' part, and U.S. presence."

And here's what the Associated Press is reporting today: "The president plans to replace his two top generals in Iraq . . . . . . . Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, and Gen. George Casey, the chief general in Iraq, are both expected to leave their jobs in coming weeks."

Both Abizaid and Casey have argued against what appears to be the president's new plan for Iraq -- sending more U.S. troops to fight in the failed war there.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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