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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Joint Chiefs chairman delivers Marshall lecture

Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, was in Vancouver today to deliver the annual George C. Marshall lecture.
By adding 21,500 new U.S. troops and training up 328,000 Iraqi troops, the United States is fighting hard to establish security, the general said. But Iraq’s government must also supply good governance, and the international community must help provide economic opportunity in the country.

All three elements must be in place to produce a stable Iraq, he said. He believes the strategy can work.
Ok, I don't have any problem with Pace. But whatever. No general could fix a war policy that has failed this badly.

About the only interesting thing was this:
A half dozen peaceful protesters silently waved anti-war signs during the speech, some of them in the gym. Police escorted them out of the gym and off the school grounds, threatening to arrest them, saying they violated a state law against disrupting a school assembly.

The speech wasn’t disrupted.
Heaven forbid some people tried to stand there silently with signs. How terrible. Nice example for the kids. What you do to non-disruptive people who disagree with you is have the cops threaten to arrest them by citing some bogus law intended to protect pep rallies?

They didn't even try to interrupt Pace's speech, according to the article.

What has this country come to?

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