‘Talk To Iraqi Militants’: Says New US Commander
Here is a US General, who knows the ground reality in Iraq, making very important comments. But will these be able to penetrate the iron walls that now seem to surround the White House and be heard by those who matter?
The new U.S. commander in Iraq said on Thursday military force would not end violence unless talks were held with some militant groups and warned of more “sensational attacks” during the current crackdown in Baghdad, says Reuters.
“General David Petraeus, at his first news conference since he took command last month, also said he saw no immediate need for more U.S. troops, but reinforcements already requested would likely stay ‘well beyond the summer.’
” ‘There is no military solution to a problem like that in Iraq, to the insurgency of Iraq,’ Petraeus said.
” ‘Military action is necessary to help improve security â€¦ but it is not sufficient’.”
“With a failure of political will in Washington, ‘King David’ could have just six months to make difference,” says The Guardian.
Meanwhile Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday proposed legislation that would bring American combat troops out of Iraq by August 2008 at the latest, says The Washington Post.