Mitt on the War
In 2004 John McCain addressed the War in Iraq. He recommended that the generals on the ground be overruled by the highest levels and that more troops be sent in. His words were as follows, "Harry Truman overruled Douglas MacArthur. Abraham Lincoln overruled his generals. Franklin Delano Roosevelt overruled his military people because -- as Napoleon said -- war is too important to be left to the generals."
Now, McCain awaits the announcement of the Administrations new plan for Iraq. Will President Bush ask for more troops? Will Nancy Pelosi dam up war spending?
In any case Mitt Romney has a great position here and is right on the mark. After coming back from a tour of the situation in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, points out the real problem in Iraq. He describes an need for Iraqis to get more involved with the security of their nation.
Earlier Mitt Romney laid out a strategy for Iraq when he stated, "An effective strategy will involve both military and diplomatic actions to support modern Muslim nations. America must help lead a broad-based international coalition that promotes secular education, modern financial and economic policies, international trade, and human rights."
Main points here(per Mitt Romney):
1. Support modern Muslim nations.
2. Promote secular education, modern financial and economic policies, international trade and human rights.
In all this Iraqis must take part in the building, or face collapse when their support is taken away.
The last thing we want right now is fighting between our generals on the ground and the "highest levels" of government. We know that many generals had it right in World War II. Patton's push through Africa into Italy and then later into the heart of Germany came with much criticism from the "highest levels." Was he right? He was worth listening too at the very least.
Our next president needs to shed the tendency of errogance common from the "highest levels," lest he find himself at odds with his main workhorses on the ground. McCain is the propietor of errogance and hard headedness. Look at his stance on immigration in the face of his trusting conservative constituency. His stance on interrogation unravelled the present war on terror information.Mitt Romney remains untouched.
Mitt Romney is one capable of uniting this divided country on ficsal issues as well as the war.