Sen. Barack Obama, who was soundly criticized by fellow Democrats earlier this summer regarding comments about Pakistan, commented on Iraq by saying:
I think it's hard to project four years from now, and I think it would be irresponsible. We don't know what contingency will be out there. What I can promise is that if there are still troops in Iraq when I take office ... then I will drastically reduce our presence there..."
On one hand, Obama says it would be irresponsible to predict the situation in Iraq, but on the other, he tells America exactly what he'd do with the troop levels. Isn't it irresponsible to offer a solution when you don't know what the problem is?
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered his insights on Iraq by saying:
And my position is this: that you cannot start the reconciliation of Iraq, a political settlement, an all-Muslim peacekeeping force to deal with security and boundaries and possibly this issue of a separation, which is a plan that I do believe makes sense, until we get all our troops out, because they have become targets.
According to the governor, we can't have a peaceful solution until our troops are gone. Yet, in order to have peace, we need to wipe out al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgents. How does he expect to do that without troops?
Rep. Dennis Kucinich said regarding Iraq, "If we divide Iraq, essentially we're going to be setting the stage for more war, and I stand for strength through peace, a whole new approach." What in the world is he talking about?
Edwards sought to draw a distinction between his position and Clinton's, saying she had said recently she wants to continue combat missions in Iraq.
"I do not want to continue combat missions in Iraq," he said.
Clinton responded quickly, saying Edwards had misstated her position. She said she favors the continued deployment of counterterrorism troops, not forces to engage in the type of combat now under way.
If you are using troops to go after insurgents and other terrorists in order for there to be peace and a chance for the political system to work, what part of the troop surge doesn't she understand?
I miss W already. Sigh !!!
Submitted by D.B Jackson