Bush’s Puppet To Lead Central Command

I suspected this man had a nice promotion coming his way when he did his report a while ago on the state of the war in Iraq. I knew it for sure when Admiral Fallon resigned, shortly and conveniently, after it was reported that he said there would be “no war with Iran”. Therefore it came as no real surprise when on CNN yesterday morning, I hear that General Patraeus was picked to lead Central Command (CENTCOM).

Patraeus just feeds the prez what the prez wants, especially with his continual comments about Iran.

Petraeus picked to lead Central Command

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has been chosen to become chief of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

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Gen. David Petraeus has been the commander in Iraq for more than a year.

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Petraeus would replace Adm. William Fallon, who said last month that he was resigning. Fallon said widespread, but false, reports that he was at odds with the Bush administration over Iran had made his job impossible.

In addition, Gates said, Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of the Multinational Corps-Iraq — the No. 2 position in Iraq — is being nominated to fill Petraeus’ post. Odierno has been home from Iraq for only a couple of months but has agreed to return, Gates said.

The plan is for Petraeus to leave Iraq in late summer or early fall, Gates said, to ensure a smooth transition and plenty of time for Odierno to prepare.

“We expect to move the paperwork on these nominations to the White House and to the Senate very quickly,” Gates said. “Because of the complexity of this series of moves, I respectfully ask the Senate to move on them expeditiously, hopefully by Memorial Day, so the families and we can plan appropriately.”

Odierno was in line for a Pentagon desk job as Army Vice Chief just over a year after helping Petraeus implement the “surge” in U.S. troops in Iraq.

The Pentagon says Petraeus will stay in Iraq long enough to make the first recommendation on further troop cuts after the surge is over. Video Watch the challenges ahead of Petraeus »

Gates said the generals’ promotions reflected an endorsement of the current course in Iraq.

“The course certainly that Gen. Petraeus has set has been a successful course. So, frankly, I think staying that course is not a bad idea. I would say it’s a good idea,” Gates said. Video Watch Gates nominate Petraeus »

Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in East Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, has its headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

~snip~

In testimony to Congress this month, Petraeus said Iranian agents have played a “destructive role” in Iraq by backing Shiite militants, called “special groups” by the United States. The U.S. believes that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force is behind the support for militants.

“Unchecked, the special groups pose the greatest long-term threat to the viability of a democratic Iraq,” Petraeus testified.

~snip~

Read the FULL STORY here.
OH, and in the article is states that McCain approves of this nomination, so you already know he’s got THAT senator’s vote. I suspect he’ll win the Senate’s confirmation. Our Senators and Congressmen/women no longer have spines to stand up to the president……..unless they want something in return that is.
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~ by swfreedomlover on April 24, 2008.

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