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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:57 AM
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1. As a rational alternative, see Dennis Kucinich's plan /

. . .

These are the elements of the Kucinich Plan:

1. The US announces it will end the occupation, close military bases and withdraw. The insurgency has been fueled by the occupation and the prospect of a long-term presence as indicated by the building of permanent bases. A US declaration of an intention to withdraw troops and close bases will help dampen the insurgency which has been inspired to resist colonization and fight invaders and those who have supported US policy. Furthermore this will provide an opening where parties within Iraq and in the region can set the stage for negotiations towards peaceful settlement.

2. US announces that it will use existing funds to bring the troops and necessary equipment home. Congress appropriated $70 billion in bridge funds on October 1 st for the war. Money from this and other DOD accounts can be used to fund the troops in the field over the next few months, and to pay for the cost of the return of the troops, (which has been estimated at between $5 and $7 billion dollars) while a political settlement is being negotiated and preparations are made for a transition to an international security and peacekeeping force.

3. Order a simultaneous return of all US contractors to the United States and turn over all contracting work to the Iraqi government. The contracting process has been rife with world-class corruption, with contractors stealing from the US Government and cheating the Iraqi people, taking large contracts and giving 5% or so to Iraqi subcontractors. . . .

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  -Obama Will Keep Troops In Iraq Parkerlane  Sep-14-07 10:50 AM   #0 
  - As a rational alternative, see Dennis Kucinich's plan  pberq   Sep-14-07 10:57 AM   #1 
  - Dennis gets it.  Tom Joad   Sep-14-07 12:12 PM   #6 
  - Kucinich is the ONLY one that people opposed to the war  Dancing_Dave   Sep-14-07 12:50 PM   #9 
  - Edwards' plan is not like Obama's and Clinton's  jsamuel   Sep-14-07 11:26 AM   #2 
  - 10 thousand? The Iraqis want us OUT. what is so hard for them to understand?  Tom Joad   Sep-14-07 12:11 PM   #5 
  - The embassy aka: US Imperial Palace  leftchick   Sep-14-07 12:16 PM   #8 
  - I'd go for that if they blow up 99% of that monstrosity  ProudDad   Sep-14-07 01:01 PM   #11 
  - Ahhhh.....just leave it as a down payment for all the other buildings we've blown to smithereens.  Hulk   Sep-14-07 03:26 PM   #17 
     - That's a better idea,  ProudDad   Sep-15-07 10:14 PM   #30 
  - That's true.  be inspired   Sep-14-07 02:16 PM   #14 
  - Protect the Green Zone? You're kidding, right?  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 03:34 PM   #18 
  - Edwards MUST be held responsible for voting to give Bush the faux authority to attack Iraq  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 03:36 PM   #19 
  - What about the 150,000 Blackwater security forces?  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 03:49 PM   #21 
  - Edwards' plans ARE like Hillary and Obama's plans - keep U.S. troops in Iraq  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 03:53 PM   #23 
  - Principled, rational foreign policy by Obama.  jefferson_dem   Sep-14-07 11:44 AM   #3 
  - obama used to support peace. now he supports the status quo  Tom Joad   Sep-14-07 01:10 PM   #12 
  - Yep Obama has dissappointed me here He needs to be clearer  lovuian   Sep-14-07 02:40 PM   #16 
  - I just read it today and I like it  ginnyinWI   Sep-14-07 03:44 PM   #20 
  - Watch the video first, so you can see Obama's policy of keeping troops in Iraq  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 03:50 PM   #22 
  - What do you want your son's tombstone to read?  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 04:05 PM   #24 
     - no need to get personal over a difference of opinion  ginnyinWI   Sep-14-07 04:36 PM   #26 
     - Dude. Chill with the insulting tone.  jefferson_dem   Sep-14-07 10:53 PM   #28 
  - You support "Targeted strategic operations?" Go join the Republican Party!  Parkerlane   Sep-14-07 04:20 PM   #25 
  - What the fuck is wrong with you?  jefferson_dem   Sep-14-07 11:01 PM   #29 
  - Military forces do foster "relations", they only serve to intimidate.  greyhound1966   Sep-14-07 05:28 PM   #27 
  - he could place a quick reaction force up his  Tom Joad   Sep-14-07 12:09 PM   #4 
  - so his plan for a permanent presence in Iraq  leftchick   Sep-14-07 12:15 PM   #7 
  - What would Fredrick Douglass say? The puny opposition to the war.  Tom Joad   Sep-14-07 12:54 PM   #10 
  - Out of Iraq = Kucinich  peace13   Sep-14-07 01:14 PM   #13 
  - I will not vote for anyone who plans on keeping any troops in Iraq.  Dhalgren   Sep-14-07 02:37 PM   #15 

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