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02/01/07--Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., questions Gen. George W. Casey Jr. during Casey's Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing on his nomination to be reappointed to the grade of general and to be chief of staff of the Army. Casey, who served as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq since 2004,came under pointed criticism Thursday from senators of both parties. But he is still expected to win confirmation to be Army chief of staff. Key members of the Senate Armed Services Committee complained that Casey oversaw a flawed military strategy. In particular, they charged he had repeatedly painted overly optimistic scenarios of U.S. progress in Iraq. ÒWhile I donÕt in any way question your honor, your patriotism or your service to our country, I do question some of the decisions, the judgments youÕve made over the past two and a half years,Ó said Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican on the panel. ÒDuring that time things have gotten markedly and progressively worse.Ó McCain has repeatedly called for more U.S. troops in Iraq, something Casey resisted. However, Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., and other committee Democrats said Casey should not be made the scapegoat for a failed Iraq policy. Responsibility rests with the president and other top civilian leaders, they said. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

02/01/07--Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., questions Gen. George W. Casey Jr. during Casey's Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing on his nomination to be reappointed to the grade of general and to be chief of staff of the Army. Casey, who served as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq since 2004,came under pointed criticism Thursday from senators of both parties. But he is still expected to win confirmation to be Army chief of staff. Key members of the Senate Armed Services Committee complained...
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