Posted by Ilan Goldenberg
Buried in the Washington Post today was a great synopsis of the backwards thinking of the President.
In contrast, "Centcom [Fallon] , the Joint Staff [Mullen] and OSD [Gates] would be happier with more forces coming out, and if they could order us to redeploy forces more quickly they would do it," said a senior official familiar with the plan. "But the president is on the CG's [Petraeus's] side."
All of the key people in charge of the broader strategy of keeping the United States safer - Defense Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) and Admiral Falon (CENTCOM commander) - agree that to keep us safer we need to redeploy more quickly out of Iraq. But the President is listening to the guy who is only in charge of Iraq and whose job is not to think more broadly about our national security.