Let them do their jobs: generals
The generals in Iraq and the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad have sent a message loudly and clearly to Washington. They want a chance to take control of the situation there before a withdrawal order is issued.
President Bush has said that he will follow the advice of his generals in deciding future policy. In principle, this is a proper procedure. Clearly the command staff on the ground should know best what the troops are capable of.
But it is also clear that the brave fighting men and women who have been deployed to Iraq are getting as weary as the rest of the nation about the prosecution of this military effort. Especially those who were counting the days to their return to the United States and their families, only to have their service in country extended.
Let's hope, since the president is evidently listening, the generals are asking for all the resources they need to get this job done.
Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Olanrewaju Akinwunmi http://www.army.mil/