Former CIA Agent Larry Johnson on the latest in Iraq by Mitch E. Perry

12/19/06

The White House today denied a published report that the Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Sending 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a mission of possibly six to eight months is one of the central proposals on the table of the White House policy review to reverse the steady deterioration in Iraq. The option is being discussed as an element in a range of bigger packages. But the Post reports that the Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about the potential disadvantages for the military.

The story quotes a senior administration official as saying it’s "too simplistic" to say the surge question has broken down into a fight between the White House and the Pentagon, but the official acknowledged that the military has questioned the option.

Larry Johnson is a former State Department and CIA official, and now a private consultant He says if nothing else, the military generals are now voicing their opinions a little stronger now that Donald Rumsfeld is history (roll tape#1 o.q.�the late 1980’s�)

That’s former CIA agent Larry Johnson…You can read his blog postings on the web by going to noquarter.typepad.com

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