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John Abizaid Quotes & Quotations
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    As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists; it's not just Zarqawi. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Being on the run, having to change the way that you do business, being unable to plan in a safe and secure environment, always looking over your shoulder, knowing that some day somebody's going to knock on your door and it's going to be your last. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    But clearly the fact that we've gone from zero Iraqi security forces on duty in May to up to 200,000 today is an enormous accomplishment, but it's not enough. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    But I am satisfied that the information that we have that this is the work of Zarqawi, is accurate. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    But the truth of the matter is that there is there is an opportunity for them to participate in the economic and political future of the country and certainly in the security life of the country. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Certainly our goal is to leave Iraq, but we can't leave Iraq with our forces until we know that the Iraqi security forces are capable and efficient enough to defend the sovereignty of the nation. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Clearly the Secretary of Defense, my boss, would like nothing better than to get Osama bin Laden and to get... to ensure the complete defeat of al-Qaida, because we know that al-Qaida is planning operations against the United States even as we speak here. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    I think you also understand that one of the key things that's got to be done in Iraq is to build a mentality of understanding that the military needs to be subordinate to civilian control and respectful of its own people. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    In other words, for every 10 enemy you kill you bring on 20 new recruits to their anti-coalition cause then essentially you are working against yourself. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    It's clear to me now that we've got to reach out to the Arab Sunni community in particular in an effort to cause some moderate political activity to take place so they join the future of Iraq. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Militarily we are not in any danger of losing. We can't be defeated militarily based on what the enemy currently throws against us. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Morale is good; troops are confident; leaders are capable. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    So, these political activities will create friction in and of themselves, and in this environment of friction there'll be additional violence. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    The real target is creating enough chaos in Iraq so that an extremist government can emerge there that would be friendly and conducive to the form of ideology that bin Laden, Zawahiri and Zarqawi believe in. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Undoubtedly, there are members of the former regime that are cooperating in some fashion and then there are extremists that are within Iraq that are cooperating with them. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Well, the hardest thing to do, as we know from our own experience on 9/11 is protect everything all the time. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    Yet, we believe that that's probably the vigilance of Iraqi security forces and some of our proactive measures the night before probably saved lives. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid
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    You know as well as I do that counterinsurgency is a very nuanced type of military operation. John-AbizaidJohn Abizaid