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General Petraeus Wants Gaza – West Bank Responsibility

General David Petraeus has volunteered for many difficult assignments, but his latest request should earn the man a Congressional Medal of Honor. He has requested adding the West Bank in Israel and Gaza to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He believes the American military has to be regarded by the Arab world as engaged in the region’s most difficult conflict. Political analyst David Lowe does not believe any such move would shift Arab perceptions since for their leaders the issue is political, not military in nature. “From the Arab side, more political pressure on Israel is needed and that is not going to be achieved via a military change.”

Achieving peaceful solutions in the Palestine-Israel conflict will emerge, not through the barrel of a gun, but through the change in hearts and intentions of humans.

Pakistan Asks US To Halt Air Attacks

General Petraeus met with top Pakistani military leaders who urged an end to American missile attacks on their soil. A source told the Pakistan Daily Times, “Pakistani leaders told General Petraeus it is not possible to ask our people to support the war on terror when our sovereignty is violated every day.” President Zardari reportedly warned the American general that missile strikes were “counterproductive” and “difficult to explain by a democratically elected” government. He emphasized the missile strikes were “creating a credibility gap” for the Pakistan government.

There are no indications General Petraeus did anything to soothe the anger and feelings of Pakistani leaders. He made no guarantees there would be a cease and desist of drone attacks on Pakistan. The Bush administration justified war on Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein was planning terror action against the United States. However, he sees nothing wrong with the United States carrying out terror attacks on Pakistan. It is a sad day both for America and Pakistan.

General Petraeus-Violence Has Declined

General Petraeus cited a 60% decline in violence within Iraq over the past six months which opens new possibilities regarding the length of deployment of American forces. He attributes the reduction in incidents of violent attacks to actions by US military forces as well as the decision by Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr to impose a cease-fire on the part of his forces. The main uncertainty about roadside bombings according to Petraeus is the difficulty in determining “if that’s because there has already been a cessation of of provisions of those items, or if there has been direction to stop.” General Petrasue emphasized that he was not claiming there was lights at the end of the tunnel and preferred keeping his head down focused on the reality of what is happening today.

General Petraeus raises key issues concerning what exactly is happening in Iraq. Are we witnessing the destruction of hostile forces or have terrorists decided to switch tactics. Are they waiting until American forces withdraw before resuming terrorist actions or have their capabilities to inflict damage been severely diminished?