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‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 06, 2020 05:52PM
You think this is a screw-up? This is only the beginning for Trump's Team. The steep cliffs are just ahead.

‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
[www.politico.com]

The Pentagon on Monday disputed that U.S. troops are preparing to withdraw from Iraq — after a leaked letter from a U.S. general suggested plans are underway to prepare troops to leave following the Iraqi Parliament's Sunday vote calling for their removal.

The misfire added yet another layer of confusion to an already murky situation days after the region erupted in response to the U.S. drone attack that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport. It also raised new questions about the Pentagon's intentions as it faces new threats from Iranian militias in Iraq even as it seeks to defeat the remnants of the Islamic State terrorist group.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the usual step of holding an impromptu question-and-answer session with reporters at the Pentagon after media outlets reported a top US. general on Monday informed an Iraqi counterpart that American personnel are initiating steps for a possible withdrawal.

The reported letter from Marine Brig. Gen. William Seely to Iraqi Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir outlined plans for "repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement."

"We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure," the letter added.

But Milley, agreeing the letter was a "mistake," told reporters it was only a draft and had not been sent. He said he had just spoken to Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, about it.

"He used other words that were a little more colorful than mistake," Milley said, according to reports from Pentagon reporters who were present.
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 06, 2020 05:56PM
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 06, 2020 06:05PM

Yesss!
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: Ted King
Date: January 06, 2020 06:11PM
...so much winning
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: sekker
Date: January 06, 2020 11:23PM
Can you IMAGINE what it must be like in the military?! Wow.
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 07, 2020 09:24AM
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sekker
Can you IMAGINE what it must be like in the military?! Wow.

I am friends with a number of active military personnel in several branches. These are mostly non-coms. I am baffled by the continued support they give Trump. It is as if they want to get into a war in order to prove themselves.

I'm sure there are some senior officers who are pulling their hair out, but the rank & file I know seem to be quite happy.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 07, 2020 09:26AM
Woops we accidentally bombed a cultural site. It was a mistake. Bad sighting.

I can hear it now the denial for destroying a site In the future



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2020 09:26AM by samintx.
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 07, 2020 11:02AM
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Ombligo
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sekker
Can you IMAGINE what it must be like in the military?! Wow.

I am friends with a number of active military personnel in several branches. These are mostly non-coms. I am baffled by the continued support they give Trump. It is as if they want to get into a war in order to prove themselves.

I'm sure there are some senior officers who are pulling their hair out, but the rank & file I know seem to be quite happy.

Warriors always want to get into the scrap.
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: JoeH
Date: January 07, 2020 11:08AM
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vision63
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Ombligo
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sekker
Can you IMAGINE what it must be like in the military?! Wow.

I am friends with a number of active military personnel in several branches. These are mostly non-coms. I am baffled by the continued support they give Trump. It is as if they want to get into a war in order to prove themselves.

I'm sure there are some senior officers who are pulling their hair out, but the rank & file I know seem to be quite happy.

Warriors always want to get into the scrap.

Many grow up from that state after being in a few scraps. One problem with an all volunteer force is those often are the ones who leave after an enlistment or a bit more, leaving behind the the others.
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 07, 2020 11:33AM
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JoeH
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vision63
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Ombligo
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sekker
Can you IMAGINE what it must be like in the military?! Wow.

I am friends with a number of active military personnel in several branches. These are mostly non-coms. I am baffled by the continued support they give Trump. It is as if they want to get into a war in order to prove themselves.

I'm sure there are some senior officers who are pulling their hair out, but the rank & file I know seem to be quite happy.

Warriors always want to get into the scrap.

Many grow up from that state after being in a few scraps. One problem with an all volunteer force is those often are the ones who leave after an enlistment or a bit more, leaving behind the the others.

Yet another element of struggle since we all have to clean up the mess.
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Re: ‘Mistake’: Pentagon says Iraq withdrawal letter shouldn’t have been sent
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 08, 2020 12:18PM
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Ombligo
I am friends with a number of active military personnel in several branches. These are mostly non-coms. I am baffled by the continued support they give Trump. It is as if they want to get into a war in order to prove themselves.

I'm sure there are some senior officers who are pulling their hair out, but the rank & file I know seem to be quite happy.

This might be unpopular, but...

To varying degrees the below combine to contribute to this:

1. Enlisted, on average, are younger and consequently have less life experience and consequently have less information on which to base decisions.

2. Enlisted ranks have less formal education and consequently have less knowledge on which to base decisions.

3. They often enlist specifically to get into combat; the perceived adventure and glory (see 1 and 2 above.)

4. For many, their entire military training is devoted to engaging in combat (see 3 above.) It becomes their Raison d'être
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