John Abizaid Quotes


30 John Abizaid quotes:



"The weather was bad. We don't know of any enemy action. The investigation continues,"
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"We have a number of killed in the action in Nasiriya with the Marines -- I believe that number will remain less than 10 -- and a number of wounded,"
Author: Abizaid Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"And over time, I think, as Iraqi security capacity builds, you'll see American and coalition presence there decline."
"And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly."
"As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists; it's not just Zarqawi."
"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."
"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."
"But I am satisfied that the information that we have that this is the work of Zarqawi, is accurate."
"But the key shift in focus will be from counter-insurgency operations to more and more cooperation with Iraqi security forces and to building Iraqi security capacity."
"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."
"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."
"I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes."
"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."
"It's also natural in that part of the world to blame what people view as the... as the most important authority in the region, and that currently is the United States of America."
"Militarily we are not in any danger of losing. We can't be defeated militarily based on what the enemy currently throws against us."
"Morale is good; troops are confident; leaders are capable."
"Our forces will not be on the sidelines."
"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."
"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."
"We'll try to include Iraqi officers in our staffs. We will do everything we can to empower Iraqi security forces to stand up on their own and operate where they can alone."



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