Iraq Update

Iraq Update

December 10, 2004

Today I had lunch in New York with a senior retired military officer who has just returned from Iraq. His observations are not encouraging.

Although he believes, as I do, that Iraq will hold elections in January, the security situation is not improving. A sobering fact: 43% of US troops in Iraq are reservists or national guard, not regular military.

More sobering still: there are a number of dozen sites in Iran where Russian advisors are helping Iran'[s nuclear weapons program. Don’t rule out a pre-emptive strike against these facilities in the next year.

John Rutledge

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