Dear Mr. President:
The mid-term elections clearly indicate the American people want our troops out of Iraq : immediately,if not sooner !
We all know that is not as simple as your Opposition has suggested ; but - if we want to bring our troops home with banners flying and the cheers of a grateful people ringing in our ears , we are going to have to move fast ,and we're going to have to make the right moves. I know just the man for the job .
Mr. President, please get Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni.
You've had your differences in the past, and I doubt he is high on your list of "favorite people" ; but he knows the Middle East ; he knows the movers and shakers in that world ; and he is well-respected. Given the situation, he might just turn out to be the best friend you could have !
He is, as you may recall, something of an expert on the type of warfare our troops have been facing in Iraq and Afghanistan . You may recall him as the man who embarrassed the Army and Navy prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom ,by showing- with a few squads of Marines-just how vulnerable a large force could be to a tiny,"inconsequential" one.
I know you don't want to "abandon" the Iraqi people - but we cannot become their nannies . It is high time to wean them of our presence .
They have their freedom now - the first they've seen in over 30 years - and it is up to them to make of it what they can - whether it meets our sometimes -hypercritical standards or not.
It's going to take a very tough, very knowledgeable negotiator to get this across to them , and,if you can persuade him to help, Anthony Zinni is just the man for the job !