24 Total Quotes

George Casey Quotes

One of the most positive trends that we see across Iraq is the willingness of the Sunnis to participate in a political process. We have seen them registering in large numbers in all of the major Sunni provinces,
George Casey
#Iraq

Level 1 is being totally independent, and we know they're not going to be there in large numbers for a while. But they're already getting to level 2, which means they can get into and lead the fight.
George Casey
#Independent

They were involved in about a monthlong planning cycle with us. And they were well-integrated with us. ... I've heard nothing but positive things about how they performed,
George Casey
#Planning

do everything in their power to try to stop the march of freedom. And our troops are ready for it.
George Casey
#Freedom

This constitutional referendum and whether it is supported by the Sunnis to a large degree, I think, is something that we just have to watch to see how that comes out. So until we're done with this political process here, with the referendum and the elections in December, I think it's too soon to tell.
George Casey
#Constitutional

reducing the visibility and ultimately the presence of coalition forces as we transition to Iraqi security self-reliance remains a key element of our counter-insurgency strategy.
George Casey
#Security

Until we're done with this political process here with the referendum and the elections in December, I think it's too soon to tell.
George Casey
#Elections

Fighting insurgencies is a long-term proposition, and there's no reason that we should believe that the insurgency in Iraq will take any less time to deal with.
George Casey
#Fighting

And so we're not waiting to get all 10 of these divisions all across Iraq to Level Two before we start drawing down forces,
George Casey
#Iraq

I think that's entirely possible, senator, ... I mean, as we've looked at this, we've looked for the constitution to be a national compact, and the perception now is that it's not, particularly among the Sunni.
George Casey
#Constitution

Look, you guys read the polls just like I do. And this is a terror campaign. And they are trying to create the impression that we and the Iraqis cannot succeed in Iraq,
George Casey
#Trying

What's important is ... is that the one and three are irrelevant,
George Casey
#Irrelevant

Now this constitution has come out, and it didn't come out as the national compact that we thought it was going to be. And there's division there, ... And that caused the situation to change a little bit.
George Casey
#Constitution

The development of the Iraqi security forces is very much on track,
George Casey
#Security

The Iraqis are seeing that they need to take a stand against the foreign fighters and the Iraqis that support them so they can get on with their future,
George Casey
#Support

The people of Iraq think of themselves as Iraqis, and people are not interested necessarily in seeing the fragmentation of the country. And I don't see that happening.
George Casey
#Iraq

It is important for the American people to understand that we should not be afraid of this fight, ... This is a tough fight. Their armed forces members are committed to this. The Iraqis are committed to this.
George Casey
#People

[The training of Iraqi security forces is] very much on track, ... This Week.
George Casey
#Security

We've looked for the constitution to be a national pact, and the perception now is that it's not.
George Casey
#Constitution

There are people in Iraq out to stop progress, and as you saw here today, they can't,
George Casey
#Iraq

Increased coalition presence feeds the notion of occupation. It contributes to the dependency of Iraqi security forces on the coalition, ... It extends the amount of time that it will take for Iraqi security forces to become self-reliant. And it exposes more coalition forces to attacks.
George Casey
#Security

Army ... in bad shape
George Casey
#Army

And it's obviously something that one has to be attentive to. It's obviously something that General Casey and his troops are attentive to and have to be concerned about,
George Casey
#Troops

There is still lots of tough work to do and we should expect the insurgency not to just go away because there were elections.
George Casey
#Work