US game plan in Iraq questioned

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3646947.stm

Two US generals in Iraq have criticised the policy of excluding senior Baath Party members - including Iraqi army officers - from jobs in the post-war administration.

Concerns over troop numbers were dismissed by Pentagon officials

Maj Gen John Batiste - commander of the US First Infantry Division - told the New York Times newspaper that it would be a good thing to harness their energies.

The US commander in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Brig Gen Carter F Ham, said the de-Baathification policy has left many Sunni Muslims feeling disenfranchised, which has clearly had a destabilising effect.

It was the famous French statesman, Georges Clemenceau, who said that "war is too important to be left to the generals".

Strategy in the broadest sense would be set by the politicians.

It was the generals' job to implement that strategy on the ground.
 

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