General Patreus has just called for a ‘drawdown’ in U.S. Troops in Iraq. He is trying to explain what he means – I am getting confused with all of the details. That is the problem. This is a complicated issue with huge consequences…. Now Patreus is reiterating the dire consequences of a rapid retreat…. He is a smart guy. I believe he is being honest in his presentation – but this man is acutely aware of the political climate he finds himself.
He is closing with a statement on the enormous privilege of serving with his comrades. “All Americans should be proud…” The protesters erupt. Ike is at the microphone… Things sometimes happen quickly in Washington.