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We Don’t Do Surrender

Saturday, October 14, 2006

“We don’t do surrender”, is a phrase that I will use often. It says everything about never giving up and pushing onto your objective, no matter how much pressure is on you to do just the opposite – give up.

Bully to Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt of the British Forces who was (mis)quoted by London’s Daily Mail as calling for a pullout of British troops from Iraq “sometime soon because our presence exacerbates security problems.”

But he went on to clarify, “I am on record publicly saying we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with the Americans. I am on the record from a speech three weeks ago saying that I’m planning force packages in Iraq through 2007 into 2008. I’m a soldier — we don’t do surrender, we don’t pull down white flags. We will remain in southern Iraq until the job is done. We’re going to see this through.”

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Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt

Britain has not set a timetable for the departure of its 7,500 troops from Iraq, but it has handed over security responsibilities in two provinces to Iraqi forces and is preparing to do the same in a third. Last night Prime Minister Tony Blair tried to minimise the damage, saying he had agreed with General Dannatt’s later remarks in a series of “clarifying” interviews. Mr Blair said: “I have to say, I’ve read his transcript of his interview on the radio this morning, and I agree with every word of it.”

General Dannatt attempted to clarify his comments. Interviewed on the BBC’s Today programme, he said: “I’ve got an army to look after which is going to be successful in current operations. But I want an army in five years’ time and 10 years’ time. Don’t let’s break it on this one. Let’s keep an eye on time.”

The comments by Dannatt came as the top U.S. general acknowledged that the U.S. strategy in Iraq was under review.
Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the overall Iraq strategy was under review, including the linchpin of a U.S. exit strategy — relying on Iraqi forces to take up the fight.

Circle the wagons, it’s an election year, the politicians, the media, the populist critics and about half the U.S. population are getting uncomfortable about a long fight.

Stay in there, finish the job – We Don’t Do Surrender.

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