Senior Retired Military Officers Urge Immediate Action to Protect Troops

March 16, 2007
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Six senior retired military officers sent a letter today to Speaker Pelosi, and all Members of Congress, urging immediate action to protect our troops, address our military readiness, and hold the Iraqi government accountable.

Dear Members of the 110th Congress,

We are writing to urge you to take immediate action to protect our troops.

We are concerned that the plan to deploy additional troops to Iraq, coupled with the serious readiness deficiencies, have left our armed forces in a state of emergency.

The situation in Iraq, grave and deteriorating, is troubling to us both as former military commanders and as American citizens. Top military officials have consistently acknowledged that the repeated and lengthy deployments are straining the Army, Marine Corps and Reserve and National Guard forces, and are taking a heavy toll on critical warfighting equipment.

We urge you to put pressure on the Iraqi government to take control of their own country and relieve the burden from American troops by setting a clear and definite timeline for a phased and deliberate redeployment of American combat forces from Iraq by no later than August 2008. We urge you to ensure that our troops meet the readiness standards required to protect Americans both at home and abroad. We urge you to ensure that those who serve in the name of this country receive the health care and support they need when they return to us.

Thank you for your consideration of our views. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard, Jr. (USA, Ret.)

Former President of the National Defense University

Brigadier General John Johns (USA, Ret.), PhD

Former Combat Arms Officer; Professor, national security strategy, National Defense University

Colonel Richard L. Klass (USAF, Ret.)

Captain Lawrence Korb (USNR, Ret.)

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics), 1981-1985

Major General Mel Montano (USANG, Ret.)

Former Adjutant General of New Mexico

Lieutenant General William E. Odom (USA, Ret.)

Former Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the Army, and former Military Assistant to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs, 1977-1981