Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, January 05, 2007

Iraq: Change in Command

What is General David Petraeus going to tell Bush that is different from what Generals Casey and Abizaid have been telling him? In any case, they're gone. Petraeus (A Princeton Ph.D.) will replace Casey as Commander of the International Forces in Iraq and Admiral William J. Fallon (who graduated from the same Catholic college as my Dad) will replace Abizaid at CENTCOM.

So are we to assume that Casey and Abizaid were fired for opposing the so-called "surge option"? They can't be dumb: Abizaid is Harvard and Casey is Georgetown. It's certain that George W. Bush is repositioning his pieces on the game board, but I really have no clue of what's in store, other than possibly going after Sadr, who went to Najaf U.

In any case, what's the point of sending in good people to do something that will end up bad, no matter how they perform their mission? Remember World Bank President Wolfensohn? Bush sent him to Palestine as High Quartet Commissioner and after a few months, he admitted the intractability of the crisis and quit. He was thanked by no one.


Anonymous netZoo said...

And Bush is Yale. Where'd al-Sadr go to school?

1:35 AM  
Blogger Shutter said...

Wolfehnson got Bill G and his beautiful and generous wife to pay for the glasshouses in Gaza. Which the fruitcakes then threw stones at. US$10 MN destroyed and a potent and pontetnially profitable enterprise.

Shirley Dubya went both the Yale and also Harvard (Business School)where he learnt those business skills for which he is famous.

2:00 AM  

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