Opinion (William M. Arkin): New Pentagon Leadership, Same Iraq Strategy
Ask around the Pentagon, or the U.S. military in general, and the consensus seems to be that the United States is on its way out of Iraq. That's what's behind the recent changes in the military leadership, people say: The U.S. is preparing to get out of Iraq before the 2008 election.
I don't see it. What's more, this view doesn't mesh with the core ideology of the Bush administration.
Yes, some measure of reasonableness and civility has been restored to the Pentagon. But the architects of U.S. strategy in Iraq were pushed aside not because it is a failure -- they were moved out to give the strategy more time to work. And only new leadership can buy that time.
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