How we collectively bear up to the pressures of unexpected tragedy, how we care for and honor those who suffer loss, how we hold on to our values despite the seductive lure of simple, quick and easy solutions to the complex problems we face -- how we deal with such things defines us foreverVirginia Tech honors its dead May 11, 2007
It's easy for the Iraqis to rely upon us to do this workMcCain, military disagree on troop levels Nov 17, 2006
Failure to stabilize Iraq could increase Iranian aggressiveness and embolden al-Qaida's ideologyTimeline could hurt Iraqi transition Nov 15, 2006
They get paid, and they're getting paid because they don't have any money and they're getting paid because they've got people (who) are generally members of the old army that don't have workTerror groups' cash flow targeted Oct 30, 2006
Peace and stability in the region can be achieved by defeating al-Qaida and their associated movements, by containing revolutionary Iranian ambitions of domination and a desire to build nuclear weapons, and ultimately by coming up with a workable process to come to a lasting settlement of the Arab-Israeli problemAbizaid says al-Qaida must be controlled Sep 27, 2006
John Philip Abizaid, AO (born 1 April 1951) is a retired General in the United States Army and former Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), overseeing American military operations in a 27-country region, from the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, to South and Central Asia, covering much of the Middle East. CENTCOM oversees 250,000 US troops. Abizaid succeeded General Tommy Franks as Commander, USCENTCOM, on 7 July 2003, and was also elevated to the rank of 4-star general the same week. He was succeeded by Admiral William J. Fallon on 16 March 2007.
General Abizaid retired from the military on 1 May 2007 after 34 years of service. As of 2007, Abizaid is employed as a fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. General Abizaid assumed the Distinguished Chair of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point in December 2007. Abizaid was appointed to the board of directors of RPM International on 24 January 2008, and also sits on the board of directors of the Defense Ventures Group. In 2008 he was selected as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.
Abizaid, a Lebanese American, was born in northern California. He was raised Catholic. His father, a Navy machinist in World War II, raised him after Abizaid's mother died of cancer.