Unconfirmed sources report that Republican law makers and others have called General George Casey, the U.S. commander in Iraq, a ‘cut and run coward’ after he proposed a program of phased troop withdrawals from the Iraq theater of operations. Members of both the house and Senate are calling for Casey to step down as ‘any coward who doesn’t have the guts to stay and fight doesn’t deserve to called an American soldier’. Democratic lawmakers and his fellow soldiers have vowed to fight for the General.
“Withdrawal is not an option, surrender is not a solution,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said. “This senator does not want to be complicit in that decision that could reverse the success we have achieved since 9/11 in keeping terrorism off our shores. George Casey’s cut and run plan is a non-starter and he should be fired for even proposing it. Doesn’t he know we have a mid-term election coming up? We need this war. “
Even the Vice President Dick Cheney could not stay silent about the possibility of such a troop withdrawal proposal “This plan would validate the terrorist strategy. It would play right into the hands of the Democrats who are trying to discredit the President for starting such a useless and misguided war.”
Popular media figure Rush Limbaugh even likened Gen. Casey to Osama bin-Laden. “I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it. It looks like Osama’s number two man is running the war in Iraq right now, FOR US! This cut and run coward of a general wants to give Iraq to the terrorists. I just can’t believe it. I might just have to join up and go over there myself if this is the best guy we can get. What a mess!”
The General still has many supporters including Retired Army Gen. John H. Tilelli Jr., who commanded the 1st Cavalry Division. He said of Casey , his chief of staff from 1991 to 1993 , ” he has a very good touch. He is a quality soldier, a caring leader, an intellect who understands both the political and military issues of situations.”
The White House has remained silent on the issue of Gen. George Casey, but has vowed to stay the course’ no matter the cost’.