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Posted: 6/27/2002 6:43:39 PM EDT
Rats fleeing a sinking ship?
By a Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 27, 2002; 5:25 PM The president's special adviser for terrorism, retired Army Gen. Wayne Downing, is leaving the government. The surprise move was announced by the White House this afternoon. "Basically, he's completed the initial taskings that the president and Dr. [Condoleezza] Rice set for him," said Sean McCormick, a spokesman for the National Security Council. "He's going to stay in close contact with the administration." McCormick said he didn't know precisely when Downing is leaving, but said it would be soon. He declined to discuss what Downing plans to do next. Downing, a terrorism expert and a former chief of the military's Special Operations Command, was brought into the White House last fall as the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism. He also has been involved in the administration's consideration of how to attack Iraq and its arsenal of chemical and biological weapons. He has been an advocate of what has come to be known as "the Downing plan" for confronting Iraq, which involves using a mix of U.S. Special Operations troops, U.S. airpower and Iraqi rebels to topple Saddam Hussein. His plan has been opposed by much of the top brass, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who are inclined toward more of a Gulf War-like force of at least 200,000 troops that would take several months to build up. Downing met earlier this year with leaders of two Kurdish parties based in Northern Iraq, an area protected by U.S. and British air patrols that try to enforce a "no-fly" zone for Hussein's aircraft. Downing could not be reached for comment. © 2002 The Washington Post Company
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Link Posted: 6/27/2002 7:10:19 PM EDT
Rats fleeing a sinking ship
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Link Posted: 6/27/2002 8:40:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By anti-gov-tinfoil-man: Rats fleeing a sinking ship?
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Link Posted: 6/27/2002 9:27:32 PM EDT
Hmm, I wonder... I wonder if this is the guy who has been planning the operations in Afghanistan all this time... Cause we have been fighting there primarily with Special Forces and Afgan proxy troops. And it was because we depended so much on the Afghans, and use so little of our own forces, that Bin Laden and his followers were largely able to escape both Tora Bora and the Operation Anaconda AO. In both cases we had the option to drop airborne troops on the Afghan/Pakistan border that could have stopped that. Instead we relied on Spec Ops OP's and LPs on mountain tops, airstrikes, and the cooperation of Afghan and Pakistani troops to close that border. And it didn't work. I wonder if that was his idea, and now he is paying the price for it? Perhaps the JCS itself isn't as "risk adverse" as the have been appearing? That it was just that this guy got the Administrations ear with his "radical, new" concept that promised more results with less cost, and now we are finding that it didn't work. So he is now getting the can or he is quitting cause people are fed up and won't work with him anymore...
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