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Don Walton: Hagel says rebuild military (RINO alert)
Journalstar.com ^ | 7-28-08 | Don walton

Posted on 07/28/2008 8:32:18 AM PDT by stan_sipple

So, how do you rebuild an overstressed — and perhaps broken — Army, whose soldiers endure the longest deployments? “You start by reorienting and prioritizing placement of forces,” Hagel says. That means phased withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and insertion of more troops into Afghanistan, where they are needed. Match priorities, objectives and policies with resources,” he says. Coordinate with a reoriented foreign policy that seeks and values allies, builds relationships, forms coalitions of common interest, he says. Use all the instruments of power, including diplomacy, trade, foreign aid. That’s soft power. And that’s big picture. It will take a long time to repair the U.S. military, Hagel says. But it’s time to begin. Hagel is viewed as a leading prospect to be considered for the post of secretary of defense if Obama is elected.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: chuckhagel; foreignpolicy; iraqwar; obama; rino

1 posted on 07/28/2008 8:32:19 AM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

Chuckles spends 24 hours in Afghanistan with O-bama and has a new strategery all figured out.

What’s his strategery when we roll into Afghanistan in force and look like the Soviets did in the 1980s?
What’s our exit strategery for Afghanistan?

And what happens when all those “live to fight another day” jihadis melt away and show up in caves in northern Iraq?


2 posted on 07/28/2008 8:42:33 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: stan_sipple

The Obamilitary - where diversity and defeat go hand-in-hand.


3 posted on 07/28/2008 8:42:40 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: stan_sipple

Hagel smokes loco weed.


4 posted on 07/28/2008 8:42:54 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: stan_sipple

This is just a pathetic “Suck up” by Hagel because he wants a job in a BO admin.


5 posted on 07/28/2008 8:44:16 AM PDT by Oldsailor
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To: stan_sipple

You rebuild it with Obama’s new National Civilian Security Force (brown shirts?). Now he has “Obama Camp.” http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/25/camp-obama-eager-to-%e2%80%9cempower-you%e2%80%9d/#more-3780


6 posted on 07/28/2008 8:49:38 AM PDT by bethtopaz (Obama is for OBAMA. A selfless, civic minded thought would die of loneliness in his head.)
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To: stan_sipple

Given the fact that just about every major european country has suffered a terror attack and the weenies continue to resist sending troops to Iraq or Afghanistan I wonder how Hagel plans on getting any of these cowards to send troops anywhere.

I doubt they could repel an invasion of their own sorry country.


7 posted on 07/28/2008 8:49:51 AM PDT by Carley
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To: Oldsailor

Hagel should stick with what he does best,tagalong behind Obama like a keeper with a shovel following an elephant at the circus.


8 posted on 07/28/2008 8:53:37 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: stan_sipple
Yes, Chuckles wants to "rebuild" the US military the way Trudeau did in Canada in the 1970s, based on Utopian models.

Result: Budget cuts, ammalgamation, promotions based on ethnicity and "bilingualism." AND a completely gutted military.

Chuck, take a pill and go home.

Obama IS NOT the messiah.

Obama is a totalitarian prig who wants to denude the US military and supplant it with his own civilian service corps.( SS style.).

9 posted on 07/28/2008 9:11:06 AM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (Ridicule Obama))
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To: Oldsailor

well he has to suck up, he’s competing against McCain and the other rinos


10 posted on 07/28/2008 9:14:55 AM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: Carley

exactly, we should be kicking A** in Afghanistan since our wonderful allies are leading that operation


11 posted on 07/28/2008 9:16:46 AM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

how did a state like nebraska

elect sucha twit?


12 posted on 07/28/2008 9:19:45 AM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: ken21

you mean one who lived in DC most of his life? He had the bank and a hokey cowboy pitch.


13 posted on 07/28/2008 9:21:40 AM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

I can’t stand it when they refer to my army as a “broken” army.

The United States Army is leading two wars at the same time.
Stressed? Heavily tasked? Challenged?

Hell yes.
But definitely not “broken”.


14 posted on 07/28/2008 9:29:45 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

bho’s answer for a broken army is to let in gays


15 posted on 07/28/2008 9:37:49 AM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

When Hagel refers to a “reoriented” forein policy, what he means is “screw Israel”.


16 posted on 07/28/2008 9:58:46 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.)
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To: stan_sipple

I love how all of a sudden everybody is jumping on the Afghanistan surge bandwagon, given that most of them are simultaneously stoutly denying that the surge in Iraq accomplished anything. Somebody really needs to get in touch with the CrackerJack people to get them to stop putting General’s stars in the packages they’re selling in DC.


17 posted on 07/28/2008 10:06:32 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Maumee

You are sure right about tagging along behind BO and kissing ass along the way.....I guess that is what you are saying????


18 posted on 07/28/2008 10:07:37 AM PDT by Oldsailor
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To: stan_sipple

Is Hagel still alive?


19 posted on 07/28/2008 10:30:28 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

thats a phanton on the MSM morning news shows


20 posted on 07/28/2008 10:37:46 AM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

Our military was over-stressed in 1945. Tours of duty were for the duration


21 posted on 07/28/2008 10:48:30 AM PDT by fortcollins
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To: stan_sipple; All

Iraq is not Afganistan -

geographically (the terrain - Iraq has few mountains and its valleys are related to broad river plains, while most of the Afghan terrain is very mountainous and most of the population lives in the mountainous regions with vilage settlements among hundreds of peaks and valleys);

demographically (ethnicity, and population size as well as population density) - Iraqis more often than Afghans live in cities, while most Afghans are rural farmers);

culturally and socially (Afghan’s are very much more religiously conservative and less secular than Iraqis);

militarily (Iraqi “military” experience - of Iraqis WITH military experience - is predominately from Iraq’s large standing armies (past and present) and fresh urban counter-insurgency experience with the current U.S. coalition, while Afghan experience - of Afghan’s on “our side” with military experience - is predominately in rural insurgency (past) and rural counter-insurgency - present.

Therefore, the military requirements and combat priorities of the two theaters are not the same nor equal. The Soviets learned, too late, that simply placing large concentrations of tens of thousands of troops into the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan made those troops simply much bigger targets without those troops achieving an equal or better level of “flushing out” the enemy. The training and experience of a brigade that has been rotated in and out of, and back into, Iraq over the last five years does not provide the knowledge and experience to be deployed, combat ready, from Iraq to Afghanistan. It is not that simple.

The units sent home from Iraq will most likely not be the
units needed in Afghanistan; and just because we might be able to send home, 10,000 or 30, 0000 or 100,000 or more troops from Iraq does not mean that sending an equal number to Afghanistan will produce a result that mere math could suggest. Whatever number of additional troops that might actually help in Afghanistan is what it is and it bears no relationship to what comes home from Iraq.

I think that the facts are that until Pakistan is willing to actually take-on the militancy and Taliban-aid climate in its northwest provinces, or that Pakistan proves either unwilling or unable to do so - and we must intercede there, pouring more U.S. troops into Afghanistan is by itself not a beneficial policy, but, in fact, will be no more helpful than it was to the Soviets; because, the financial and military resources of the Afghan insurgency is now in, and very safely in, Pakistan. Unless the battle is engaged there, one way or another, the problem in Afghanistan will continue, regardless of how many troops we send there.


22 posted on 07/28/2008 11:59:48 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: fortcollins

we won the war in the Pacific because we could keep out ships out a sea indefinitely.


23 posted on 07/28/2008 1:18:15 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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