Naturally, I could only get in a fraction of what Lt. Gen. Jim Dubik talked about during his 50-minute round-table with reporters Friday at the Fort Lewis and I Corps headquarters. Journalists from the Associated Press, the Olympian, the Fort Lewis Ranger, KOMO-TV, National Public Radio and the post newspaper, the Guardian, took part.
Some highlights that didn’t make the paper:
&bull He said he didn’t know how hard the job of building the Iraqi military and police forcese, and the institutions to support them, will be until he gets on the ground in Baghdad and starts doing the job, but he said it’s sure to be hard.
“I think it’s a very hard, tough, complex problem but none of the difficulties mitigate the importance — the importance to them and to us,” he said. “A Middle East that is unstable, that continuess to fight for a decade, or more, is not something that is in the interest of this country or the in the of the west. We need to put our eyes on our national interest, and put our eyes on what the enemy wants.”
He added: “The enemy attacked us. They have declared war on this country. They have declared that their goal is to weaken or disolve our economy and change the way we live, And they’re doing it. This is a serious enemy that deserves our national attention.”