Mel Goodman on Robert Gates by Mitch E. Perry

12/08/06

The Wall Street Journal reported today that senior U.S. military commanders in Baghdad, eager to shift the fight in Iraq to that country’s army, are advancing a plan that could more than double the number of American troops involved in training Iraqi soldiers.

The tentative plan, which calls for breaking up some big U.S. combat units into military training teams, reflects a major shift in U.S. tactics, and meshes with one of the key recommendations of a high-profile report released this week by the Iraq Study Group.

The paper reports though it hasn’t received formal approval by top U.S. military officials in Iraq, it could be presented to incoming Defense Secretary Robert Games when he visits Baghdad within the next few weeks.

And whether to implement it could be of Gates first big decisions he makes in his new job.

Gates was confirmed by the Senate this week, 95-2…That came a day after he sailed through his confirmation in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In that session, he was rarely challenged. Instead he was mostly praised for his ‘candor’ by Senate Democrats, after he said he didn’t believe the U.S. was winning the war.

One critic has made his thoughts known about Robert Gates over the past month, since he was named to replace Donald Rumsfeld. That would be Melvin Goodman, a former CIA agent .Currently,.Goodman is a professor of international security studies and chairman of the International Relations department at the National War College. He was a senior analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1974 to 1976…

We asked him yesterday what he thought of the Gates hearings (roll tape#1 o.q.�that we paid dearly for�)

That’s Mel Goodman, former CIA agent, and currently a professor of international security studies and chairman of the International Relations department at the National War College. He spoke to WMNF from his home in Maryland yesterday.

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