Generals campaign against war
"These troops are not expendable commodities to fulfill the pipe-dream vision of a group of people trying to remake the world in our image," Gard said. "It's time for us to get the hell out of there."
Terrorism threatens the United States, but the war in Iraq is exacerbating the problem, not solving it, the generals said.
Gard, a graduate of West Point and Harvard who served 31 years in the Army, said the idea that "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" is empty rhetoric used to keep Americans scared so they don't question the administration's foreign policy. Fighting in Iraq will not stop someone who wants to blow up a dirty bomb in New York.
"These people are mobile," Gard said. "If they want to come in here, they'll come."
Johns said the military can't fight terrorism on its own. The United States must also look for political solutions, he said.
"It's a war of ideas, it's not a military war," Johns said. "Raw military force is more limited in its usefulness than ever in the history of mankind."
This Concord Monitor editorial also mentions the very real possibility that Republican Sen. John Sununu "could fall prey to a similar antiwar sentiment that helped oust two incumbent congressmen in favor of Democratic Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter in 2006." Both of the Generals also seem to agree that the incompetent bush administration policies are wrecking the Army and can easily see the parallels to Vietnam in the current failed escalation.