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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-26-06 08:28 PM
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4. "as a broad policy"
yeah, well, it's not exactly a new idea ... the "over the horizon" idea has been pushed by Murtha, Kerry and others ...

i think what may be new here is that i'm suggesting we SHOULD NOT "just leave" without a clear warning and we SHOULD NOT just return in a neutral manner should the bloodbath worsen ... as some have very appropriately asked, "if a civil war breaks out, which side will we be in favor of?"

what is not working is a neutral (i.e. neutered) US position ... the role we're currently playing does not and cannot make any sense ... again, it is not at all clear that the US could play any positive role in a civil war ... i would not advocate for a return to Iraq under any circumstances unless a clear strategy for success could be defined ... this might very possibly require a much larger ground force than we currently have and it would be much less a peacekeeping role and much more a vanquishing role ... i couldn't say whether i would support such a policy at this time ... it's not at all clear, either, that we could muster the necessary forces to overcome whatever force ultimately prevails in Iraq ... our military is badly stretched already and the American people have had more than their fill of American military exploits in the region ...

in the end, the most important point is that we have to leave NOW because we just can't get there from here ... you gotta know when to "fold 'em" ...

btw, in addition to issuing a warning to both sides about killing civilians, i would also hold out a few carrots in the form of reparation support and other forms of non-military support for those who seek a peaceful resolution ... i have to say that i see the toppling of Saddam as the worst US military blunder in history ... Saddam was a bad guy; we needed him to be there for now ...
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