The focus of the debate over military tactics in Iraq rests on whether it is feasible to end a US combat role and switch to embedded training instead. Yesterday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski made the argument that trainers, divorced from combat operations, would be too vulnerable. ABC's Jonathan Karl predicted that the Pentagon will recommend just such a change, "mirroring the plan suggested by the Iraq Study Group," minus the 2008 troop withdrawal projected by the ISG.
In other news from the Pentagon, CBS' David Martin covered the farewell ceremonies for departing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "He blames the media," Martin pointed out, for what he sees as false public impressions about a lack a progress in Iraq. Rumsfeld still "just could not resist a few digs at the Pentagon press corps."
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