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What Kerry Didn't Say on Iraq

10:27 AM, Oct 30, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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Sen. John Kerry recently claimed on ABC's This Week:

"Our own generals tell us the solution in Iraq is not military. If it's not military, don't talk as John McCain does, about putting more troops in…. Talk about how you resolve the political and diplomatic dilemma and sectarian dilemma between Shia and Sunni and the region."

Is this the same Kerry who's been running around the nation calling the current strategy - one devised by "our own generals" - a huge failure? He then turns around and trumpets their counsel on troop levels. Of course, these generals have also been telling us that that Kerry's rapid troop withdrawal plan for Iraq would be a disaster. He didn't mention that on ABC.

But is it true that "our own generals" oppose more troops? Well, the retired generals who spoke before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee in late September certainly believe Kerry is wrong - and remember, the Democrats invited these generals because they've been harshly critical of Sec. Rumsfeld's handling of Iraq. From the Washington Post:

But Democrats, while celebrating Batiste's criticism of the administration, exercised some selective listening at the hearing when Batiste and his colleagues offered their solution: more troops, more money and more time in Iraq.

"We must mobilize our country for a protracted challenge," Batiste warned.

"We better be planning for at least a minimum of a decade or longer," contributed retired Marine Col. Thomas Hammes.

"We are, conservatively, 60,000 soldiers short," added retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who was in charge of building the Iraqi Security Forces.

People may disagree on troop levels, but John Kerry has his own credibility problems on Iraq.