Joseph Hoar

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General Joseph P. Hoar is the former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (1991-1994) and U.S. Marine Corps Chief of Staff of operations during the 1991 Gulf War.

"General Hoar retired as the Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. In this capacity he was the Commander in Chief of the unified command that had the planning and operational responsibilities for 19 countries in the Middle East, South Asia and the Horn of Africa. During his tenure he assisted in enforcing the naval embargo in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, he enforced the no-fly zone in the south of Iraq and supported other humanitarian and peacekeeping operations." [1]

On the War in Iraq

Horad told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the prospects in Iraq were bleak. "I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure. We are looking into the abyss," he said. [2]

Nor did he have much time for the Bush administration personnel directing the war. "The policy people in both Washington and Baghdad have demonstrated their inability to do a job on a day-to-day basis this past year," he said. [3]

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