2003 June 04 Wednesday
Thomas White Says Pentagon Continues To Underestimate Iraq Occupation Task

Saying that the Pentagon "are unwilling to come to grips" with the size of the task involved in occupying and ruling Iraq recently dismissed civilian chief of the US Army Thomas White says the Pentagon is not willing to admit to the needed length or size of the occupation.

"This is not what they were selling (before the war)," White said, describing how senior Defense officials downplayed the need for a large occupation force. "It's almost a question of people not wanting to 'fess up to the notion that we will be there a long time and they might have to set up a rotation and sustain it for the long term."

Rumsfeld fired White in part because White tried to rally Congressional support for the Crusader artillery weapon after Rumsfeld announced it would be cancelled. Therefore it is possible White's comments are motivated at least in part by animosity toward Rumsfeld. On the other hand, what White is saying is probably true. Certainly the DOD did not plan well for the occupation of Iraq and certainly it has underestimated the occupation job. Does it continue to underestimate the scale of the job? It sure looks that way.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 June 04 12:56 PM  MidEast Iraq Military Needs

Randy Neubrand said at November 30, 2004 11:35 PM:

Tom White, a former secretary of the Army who left the Pentagon in 2003, says the public may have to get used to the current level of American casualties for some time.

"That's the price we're going to have to pay if want to win this," White said.

Contributing: William Risser; wire reports

This is a quote I've just read from USAToday today, Dec. 1,2004. This was in reguards to the monthly record death toll America has suffered in November which tied last April of 135. And all Mr. White has to say is "That's the price we're going to have to pay if want to win this,"

Are these men and women losing their lives to keep freedom for us in America? Are we being invaded right now by another country so that we must send off our kids to fight and ultimatly die. And even if Mr. White did have a family member fighting over there is he ready to receive that phone call that informs him of is now dead family memeber. Would he still think it was worth it?

I think Mr. White should suit up and head over to the front line of the shooting and help out. He certainly is not helping much here shooting his mouth off.

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