Obama v. Petraeus on Iraq

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

If we want out of the war, we need to build a movement. The military is fighting Obama on Iraq:

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) – CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.

But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn’t convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting.

Obama’s decision to override Petraeus’s recommendation has not ended the conflict between the president and senior military officers over troop withdrawal, however. There are indications that Petraeus and his allies in the military and the Pentagon, including Gen. Ray Odierno, now the top commander in Iraq, have already begun to try to pressure Obama to change his withdrawal policy.


Petraeus was visibly unhappy when he left the Oval Office, according to one of the sources. A White House staffer present at the meeting was quoted by the source as saying, “Petraeus made the mistake of thinking he was still dealing with George Bush instead of with Barack Obama.”


Please read the entire article.  It desribes a conspiracy between serving military Generals and retired Generals to undermine their Commander-in-Chief.

A network of senior military officers is also reported to be preparing to support Petraeus and Odierno by mobilising public opinion against Obama’s decision.


The source says the network, which includes senior active duty officers in the Pentagon, will begin making the argument to journalists covering the Pentagon that Obama’s withdrawal policy risks an eventual collapse in Iraq. That would raise the political cost to Obama of sticking to his withdrawal policy.


On this one, we need to support Obama.

This is the truth of American power.  There is a center and a right, but no left.  We must strengthen the center (Obama) so there is room to build a democratic left.  


    • TomP on February 3, 2009 at 16:11

    command and civilian rule of the military.

  1. I expect that there are HUGE backroom brawls either happening or being planned about alot of Obama’s plans for the Pentagon and CIA.

    True to form I suppose, the Pentagon strategy sounds like it will be to bring out the retired brass (isn’t that exactly what Bushco did?). And from what I can see, the CIA seems to be using “anonymous sources” in the press to do their undermining.  

  2. There should be no questions about it.  

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