US on the need to support Iraq
Iraq-USA, Politics, 4/15/2006
US General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the Coalition forces must continue to play a vital role in providing security in Iraq.
"I think we need to keep our eye on the objective, and the objective is to have an Iraq that is functioning with its own freely elected government, a unifying government, one that's providing services to the people.... And, to do that,
there needs to be a secure environment and that's how we help," Pace told radio talk show host Bill LeMaye in a Wednesday interview.
"We should not leave that country until the Iraqi government is able to rely on the security provided by its own armed forces so that they have a chance to put together a democracy," he said.
Pace said that the terrorists and insurgents know that they cannot defeat coalition forces in battle, so they continue attacks on civilians and the infrastructure in the hope that America and its allies will tire of the war and abandon Iraq.
"I think our enemy clearly understands that global opinion, and especially opinions inside the United States, make a huge difference in this war, the general said, adding that too often the news media focuses on, "things that capture your eye -- which are the bombs going off," while positive activity such as "digging wells and building schools and paving roads, don't quite rise to that level."
Coalition forces must continue to support Iraq, Pace said, "because if we were for some reason to determine that we would walk away from Iraq, the terrorists would simply turn to the next country and/or bring the fight to us here at home."
Pace observed that the coalition-trained Iraqi military and police forces are 250,000-strong and growing increasingly more effective and independent in conducting successful counterinsurgency operations. Since November 2005, Pace said, Iraqi security forces have conducted 83 percent of all military operations in Iraq, either alone or with support from coalition forces.
"Iraqi armed forces are out in the lead," Pace said, "they are being extremely loyal to their government and they're taking the fight to the enemy."
People outside Iraq, "who have enjoyed freedom for decades are having a hard time understanding why it might take folks who have never done this before a little while to figure it out," Pace said, but "we should have some patience with them and support them so that they can put together a leadership team that will take them into the future and not pull the rug out from them as they're trying to put this together."
Meantime, Iraqi Infrastructure Attacks Down 60 Percent in Last Three Months
Decrease due to presence of 250,000 Iraqi security forces, U.S. general says
Washington -- Attacks against Iraq's vital infrastructure have decreased by 60 percent over the past three months, the spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq said April 13.
Army Major General Rick Lynch, who briefed reporters at the Pentagon via teleconference from Baghdad, said the decrease is directly due to the presence of 250,000 trained and equipped Iraqi security forces operating all across the country, conducting important missions.
To emphasize the effect of this increased Iraq-wide security presence, Lynch gave examples of recent operations in three different regions.
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