David Petraeus’s immediate superior officer, Admiral William J. Fallon, has challenged Petraeus’ stress on Iraq as the central problem facing the U.S. in the Middle East:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/08/AR2007090801846.html

Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan are all problematic scenes now with Iran playing nuclear games, Afghanistan sliding back into chaos, and General Musharraf under fire on several fronts as he struggles to maintain control of Pakistan — well armed with nuclear weapons and the wherewithal to rocket them far and wide.

With Bush still apparently mesmerized by Iraq and Cheney alleged to be itching for a massive bombing attack on Iran, we look to be in for interesting days ahead — 15 months of potential military madness before Bush is replaced.

I for one am deeply worried that U.S. actions may run wild in the near future — leaving our nation’s military depleted and potential enemies refueled. How much we have lost since 9/11 when we had the rest of the world with us!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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