Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Great career advice

From Matt Yglesias, to David Petraeus, former commander of the 101 Airborne in Iraq, one of the few senior military figures to come out of that hellhole with his reputation not only intact but burnished to a fine glow. He's been suggested as a replacement for John Abizaid at CENTCOM or George Casey in Iraq. Don't do it, says Yglesias. You'd have to start spinning for the administration:
The last thing you want to do is become a spin artist on behalf of a lame duck administration fighting a failed war. That means staying as far away as possible from the chain running from the White House to the Pentagon to Tampa to Baghdad.
Especially, I'd think, if we go ahead with the troop surge to bring Baghdad under control, or any of the other panaceas being proposed.

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