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U.S. shows that soft power can work in a hard war

November 12, 2008

Soft power is about to come to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) – America’s military command in the Middle East – in a big way.

Gary Schaub Jr.
The Washington Times

Associated Press U.S. Central Command's Gen. David Petraeus speaks during an interview last week at a U.S. military base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Above: Central Command’s Gen. David Petraeus speaks during an interview last week at a U.S. military base.  Photo by the Associated Press

By winning friends and influencing people, the idea goes, the United States can defuse potential conflicts before they start and achieve America’s goals without firing a shot.

Soft power has currency in a cash-strapped U.S. military. The commander of SOUTHCOM, America’s military command for Central and South America, has undertaken many such missions. Adm. James Stavridis has sent Navy hospital ships to countries in that area to provide free medical care, train local doctors and build schools.

The new command in Africa – AFRICOM – has announced that such soft-power missions will be its top priority.

But these are relative backwaters. CENTCOM, where the United States is engaged in two wars and is prepared for others, is where soft power will have its largest impact.

Army Gen. David Petraeus, who is best known as the general behind the successful “surge” strategy in Iraq, has just taken over CENTCOM, and he is bringing soft power to bear.

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Resigned to Reality

March 16, 2008

By Oliver North
The Washington Times
March 16, 2008

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer stands next to his wife Silda ...
Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York resigned this week, which
took a lot of newspaper ink and air time on TV and radio.
Admiral “Fox” Fallon also resigned.  Why? 
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

….potentates of the press didn’t even notice the sex scandal that claimed the career of another powerful hypocrite: Tehran’s brutal police chief, Gen. Reza Zarei. The general, a favorite of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been responsible for “moral enforcement” of Shariah law, including “dress codes” that require women to be covered from head to toe. The chief “stepped down” after he was caught nude in a Tehran brothel accompanied by six naked prostitutes. It’s a shame our press corps missed this one.

Mr. Spitzer’s sexual shenanigans also pushed another unexpected departure into the background noise — that of U.S. Navy Adm. William “Fox” Fallon, who was commander in chief of U.S. Central Command (CentCom). Though devoid of the titillating details oozing out of Albany and Tehran, the March 11 resignation of the senior U.S. military commander in the world’s most troubled and dangerous region is rife with hypocrisy….
Commander of the U.S. Central Command Navy Adm. William Fallon ... 
Commander of the U.S. Central Command Navy Adm. William Fallon testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 4, 2008 file photo.REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

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Bush won’t commit to troops reduction

January 12, 2008
By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent  

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – President Bush said Saturday that he has made no decision on bringing more U.S. troops home from Iraq, and if his top commander does not want to go beyond the reduction of forces that’s already planned, “that’s fine with me.”

Meanwhile, that commander, Gen. David Petraeus, said attacks in Iraq linked to Iranian explosive devices have sharply increased. While the overall flow of weaponry from Iran appears to be down, he said violence caused by “explosively formed projectiles” tied to Tehran are up by a factor of two or three in recent days.

“Frankly, we are trying to determine why that might be,” Petraeus told reporters.

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President George W. Bush speaks to U.S. soldiers based at Camp ...
President George W. Bush speaks to U.S. soldiers based at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait January 12, 2008. Bush held talks with the top U.S. officials in Iraq on Saturday at the base in Kuwait, during a Gulf tour he hopes will aid the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and contain Iran.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senate blocks bill on Iraq combat tours

September 19, 2007

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday that would have regulated the amount of time troops spent in combat, a blow for Democrats struggling to challenge President Bush‘s Iraq policies.

The 56-44 vote was four votes short of reaching the 60 needed to cut off debate. It was the second time in as many months that the bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was sidetracked. In July, a similar measure fell four votes short of advancing.

Failure of the bill was a sound defeat for Democrats, who have been unable to pass significant anti-war legislation by a veto-proof majority since taking control of Congress in January. Webb’s measure was seen as having the best chance at attracting the 60 votes needed to pass because of its pro-military premise.

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Mainstream News Media Under Seige In a More Complex Word

September 18, 2007

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 17, 2007; Page C01

Capturing reality is harder than it seems.

As Gen. David Petraeus‘s long-awaited testimony last week failed to sway the debate over the war, partisans on both sides castigated the media for what remains a blurry picture of Iraq. Why, they ask, can’t journalists cut through the fog and deliver an accurate portrait of how the unpopular conflict is going?

This frustration with journalism extends to a slew of other controversies. Is Sen. David Vitter being truthful in denying involvement with a New Orleans prostitute who was paid by Hustler magazine? Is Sen. Larry Craig dissembling when he denies soliciting sex in a men’s room? Did Alberto Gonzales give faulty testimony and merely make misstatements about various Justice Department controversies, or is he a liar?

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From Newt Gingrich: Don’t Legislate Defeat; Work Toward Victory

September 7, 2007

September 7, 2007

Dear Friend,

Next Monday, I will give a speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) marking six years since 9/11 and outlining the larger war we should have been waging in order to defeat our terrorist enemies on a worldwide basis.

My speech at AEI is designed to make the case for a larger and more productive dialogue about what we need to accomplish in the Real War we’re engaged in — not only in Iraq and Afghanistan but also in dealing with our enemies on a larger strategic scale, including Iran, Syria, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and the worldwide forces of terrorism that want to destroy our civilization and eliminate our freedoms.
The reason I am speaking out is simple: We need a war-winning option, and today we do not have such an option.

Read it all at:
http://extendedremarks.blogspot.com/

Related:
Newt Gingrich For President

Excellent Gingrich Speech, National Press Club, Aug. 7, 2007

In Iraq: Getting the Sunni’s to Fight Al-Qaeda

July 20, 2007

By Charles Krauthammer 
The Washington Post
Friday, July 20, 2007; Page A19

Amid the Senate’s all-night pillow fight and other Iraq grandstanding, real things are happening on the ground in Iraq. They consist of more than just a surge of U.S. troop levels. Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker have engaged us in a far-reaching and fundamental political shift. Call it the 20 percent solution.

Ever since the December 2005 Iraqi elections, the United States has been waiting for the central government in Baghdad to pass grand national accords on oil, federalism and de-Baathification to unify and pacify the country. The Maliki government has proved too sectarian, too weak and perhaps too disposed to Iranian interests to rise to the task.

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