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Topic - Barry R. Mccaffrey
Not a fitting tribute
Last week this space included an upbeat report on the situation in Afghanistan based on a memorandum written by retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey after his visit to the region.
The Pentagon is finishing work on its annual report to Congress on China's military power, but with an unusual difference in the process this year: China's military has sent two delegations to the U.S. to help draft it.
"Although we have arrested 120,000 insurgents (hold 27,000) and killed some huge number of enemy combatants (perhaps 20,000 plus) the armed insurgents, militias, and al Qaeda in Iraq without fail apparently re-generate both leadership cadres and foot soldiers," Gen. McCaffrey said. "Their sophistication, numbers, and lethality go up not down as they incur these staggering battle losses."
"Iraq is ripped by a low-grade civil war which has worsened to catastrophic levels with as many as 3,000 citizens murdered per month," Gen. McCaffrey stated in the memorandum sent Monday to colleagues at West Point, where he is a professor.