Bush Revamps Us Military In Iraq

Latest news

Bush Revamps Us Military In Iraq

batmanchester
Advanced Member
batmanchester
Advanced Member
Joined: Oct 20 2006, 05:34 AM

Jan 5 2007, 06:40 AM #1

President George W Bush is to make a number of key changes in the US military leadership as part of his fresh strategy for Iraq, officials say

There will be a new head of US Central Command and a new ground commander.

Mr Bush is expected to deliver a speech next week unveiling a strategy that could include thousands more US troops.

It comes as control of the US Congress passed for the first time in 12 years to the Democrats, who want to apply pressure for a phased withdrawal.

Mr Bush is expected to deliver a speech next week unveiling a strategy that could include thousands more US troops.

It comes as control of the US Congress passed for the first time in 12 years to the Democrats, who want to apply pressure for a phased withdrawal.

The White House and Pentagon have not confirmed the changes but US media and administration officials have said they will be:


Adm William Fallon to replace Gen John Abizaid as head of Central Command for Iraq and Afghanistan

Lt Gen David Petraeus to take over from Gen George Casey as the leading ground commander in Iraq

US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad to replace John Bolton as US ambassador to the UN

Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Pakistan, to replace Mr Khalilzad in Baghdad

John Negroponte to move from director of national intelligence to deputy secretary of state

Retired vice admiral and intelligence official Michael McConnell to replace Mr Negroponte.
Adm Fallon is currently the top military commander in the Pacific and, if confirmed, the move will put a navy man in charge of two land wars.

Leading Democrat Senator Daniel Inouye said Adm Fallon was "well-educated and respected" and that his nomination would "go flying through" Congress.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6232889.stm
Quote
Like
Share


Confirmation of reply: