Archive for the ‘Levin’ Category

U.S. Military: Iran supporting Iraq militias

March 4, 2008
By ANNE FLAHERTY and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press 

WASHINGTON – Military officials accused Iran on Tuesday of continuing to train and arm insurgents in Iraq, while U.S. lawmakers said they were disappointed that Baghdad opened up its doors to the Islamic Republic’s top leader.

“I think it’s offensive,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s two-day trip to Iraq this week.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks during ...
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Baghdad, March 3, 2008.(Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

Iraq has “got every right to invite whomever they want. They’re sovereign. But we have a right to express an opinion about it,” added Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Pentagon says it acts as quickly as it can to meet needs

September 5, 2007

September 4, 2007 

(USA TODAY Page 1 Feature) — The June 19 letter from the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee began with a message that top Pentagon officials had heard before: “I remain concerned about the Army’s slow reaction ” wrote Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

The subject was sending better armor to Iraq specifically, a vehicle called the Bull, a heavily armored truck designed to guard against the latest and deadliest incarnation of the improvised explosive devices used in attacks on U.S. forces. IEDs have claimed the lives of more than half the U.S. troops killed in combat in Iraq.

The concern Levin voiced to Defense Secretary Robert Gates was fundamental: After four years of war, he feared that the Pentagon still wasn’t doing enough to protect U.S. troops and wouldn’t, unless prodded by Congress.

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Democrats see ‘results’ in Iraq war

August 21, 2007

Top Senate Democrats have started to acknowledge progress in Iraq, with the chairman of the Armed Services Committee yesterday saying the U.S. troop surge is producing “measurable results.”

Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan highlighted improved security in Baghdad and al Qaeda losses in Anbar province as examples of success — a shift for Democrats who have mainly discounted or ignored advances on the battlefield for weeks.

“The military aspects of President Bush’s new strategy in Iraq … appear to have produced some credible and positive results,” Mr. Levin said in a joint statement with Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, after a two-day visit last week to Iraq.

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War in Iraq: Democratomyopia

July 23, 2007

Mona Charen
The Washington Times
July 23, 2007

I am convinced, based on everything I have read, it won’t be a hell of a lot worse than it is now.
Rep. John P. Murtha

Jack (redeploy to Okinawa) Murtha of Pennsylvania was speaking of Iraq after an American pullout. He’s not worried, nor are most Democrats now urging America to flee Iraq. There really ought to be a name for the “it can’t get worse” fallacy. For the moment, let’s just call it Democratomyopia. …

Echos from Vietnam…..

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