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Clarkie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-02-06 10:09 PM
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15. I agree completely with your last and most important point.
Edited on Sun Jul-02-06 10:16 PM by Clarkie1
"...their opinions should be taken into account when devising our plans -- especially for those who claim that a major reason for staying is to honor our commitment to the Iraqis."

Unfortunately, even with these polls it's hard to get a clear picture of what exactly the majority of Iraqis want, and sometimes the polls seem contradictory, but at least they give us something better than no idea at all of the diversity of their opinions.

When the Iraqi government asks us to go, we must go. However, If we set a timeline for complete withdrawl on a certain date, and on that date the government asks us to stay, that could become problematic. And that's just one possible scenario.

So, the most important question is when determining what the Iraqi people want (understanding that not all of them want the same thing), do we make that determination based on what the "sovereign" Iraqi government wants, or what polls (of which I am not completely confident of the methodology) indicate the Iraqi people want? If we consider both, how do we weight the two? We should be thinking about such questions at this point, it seems to me.
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