Peter’s Pace

From Holden:

Since when does doing something “quicker” mean it will take “longer”?

Iraq could be stabilized faster if the United States increased the size of its force, but the costs would outweigh the benefits, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday.


“More U.S. and coalition forces could get the job done quicker, but that would mean dependency much longer for the Iraqi armed forces and the Iraqi government,” [Gen. Peter Pace] said, speaking in a recreation room for U.S. troops as a searing summer sun set on a day that took him from Baghdad to Fallujah to Mosul.

That’s right, folks, the Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff believes that if we train Iraqi security forces “quicker” we will be there “longer”.

And how about his candid exchanges with your average grunts?

How much more time, one Marine asked, should the Iraqi government be given to achieve the political unity necessary to stabilize the country?

“I guess they have as long as it takes,” Pace replied, quickly adding, “Which is not forever.”


Another Marine wanted to know if U.S. troops would stay in Iraq in the event of an all-out civil war. Pace repeated what he told a Senate committee last week: a civil war is possible, but not expected. He did not say what the United States would do if it actually happened.


One Marine wound up his question about the pace of U.S. troop deployments to Iraq by asking, “Is the war coming to an end?”

Pace didn’t answer directly.