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Was General Pace Fired Because He Balked at Iran

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This isn't good news.


I’ve been writing for over a year now that the Joint Chiefs have been blocking the White House’s efforts to expand the war to Iran. No matter what you might think of Gen. Pete Pace, this really is TERRIFYING news, unless you crave a wider war in the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

Pace has been the most visible symbol of the push-back within the military against the Long War.

George W. Bush, in effect, just fired the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace, USMC. This is unprecedented, as it is the first time the JCS Chair has not been reappointed.

Pace's replacement will be Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Mullen, if the Senate approves his nomination.

The Admiral appears to be a much more convinced true-believer than Pace. Mullen was quoted in an address earlier this month to naval personnel: http://starbulletin.com/...

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"The enemy now is basically evil and fundamentally hates everything we are -- the democratic principles for which we stand ... This war is going to go on for a long time. It's a generational war."

Read that again. Mullen says he thinks we're in a Long War with Evil. Who does that sound like? Click the link above and take a look at Admiral Mullen. That man, if confirmed by the Senate, will have all of our lives in his hands. Is he the man you want to have that responsibility? You do have a say in that - let your Senator know what you think.

When Pace goes, there may be a further shake-out of the Joint Chiefs to remove the other top brass who have reportedly opposed the Surge into Iran. I am afraid that may leave it all in the laps of Congress.

Either the Senate Democrats get their act together, block this appointment, AND get on with the overdue job of Impeachment, or we should be ready to start losing more American cities.

If you liked the preventable losses of the WTC and NOLA, you're going to love the impact of the next act of malign incompetence of the Bush-Cheney Administration. If you liked the optional war in Iraq, now appearing on Central Stage, global war with Iran and Shi'a Islam.

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By the way - a war with Iran still doesn't make any military sense. Least of all for the troops on the ground in Iraq, who will be facing an uprising by at least 60 percent of the Iraqi population, which is Shi'a. Maybe, just maybe, Congress understands that. Our Senators can show their understanding of this issue by denying the Admiral's confirmation.

Blocking Mullen and Impeaching Bush may be the most important things we ever do.

FYI: The term of the next Chair starts October 1.

That doesn't give us much time.

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Levey, excellent analysis and recap of the whole s... by Alan MacDonald on Saturday, Jun 9, 2007 at 8:10:31 PM
Shockingly enough for the Bush Administration, Pre... by Robert Chapman on Saturday, Jun 9, 2007 at 8:49:02 PM
The New Yorker reported last year that General&nbs... by Sherwood Ross on Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 8:01:21 AM
Pace was instrumental with Wolfowitz in designing ... by Dom Jermano on Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 8:45:51 AM
There is no real reason that General Pace was repl... by drasile on Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 4:37:14 PM