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Meeker Morgan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:30 AM
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Hillary says keep U.S. troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future
According to this Washington Post op-ed

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

IOWA, July 10 -- Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton traveled to this crucial caucus state today to assure voters that she would keep U.S. troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future because "we cannot lose sight of our very real strategic national interests in this region."

You missed that news story? Me, too. It's not the message Clinton wanted to convey, and it's not the message that reporters took away from her speech.

But it would have been an accurate, if incomplete, rendition of her long address on Iraq policy. That she wanted to go on the record with such a view, but didn't want voters to really hear it, says much about the current Washington bind on Iraq policy.

--- SNIP ---



Read the whole depressing thing.
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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:34 AM
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1. Fred Hiatt is a concern troll. n/t
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:39 AM
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2. I don't have a problem with this, and I suspect most Americans
don't either.

"But toward the end, Clinton noted that it would be "a great worry for our country" if Iraq "becomes a breeding ground for exporting terrorists, as it appears it already is." So she would "order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region." U.S. troops would also train and equip Iraqi forces "to keep order and promote stability in the country, but only to the extent we believe such training is actually working." And she might deploy other forces to protect the Kurdish region in the north, she said, "to protect the fragile but real democracy and relative peace and security that has developed there."

In other words, Clinton ascribed to what might be called the consensus, Baker-Hamilton view: Pull out of the most intense combat but remain militarily engaged by going after terrorists, training and advising Iraqi troops, and safeguarding at least some regions or borders. It's the position set forth in the proposal of Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Jack Reed and in the compromise proposal of Republican Sens. John Warner and Richard Lugar."
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:03 AM
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4. I guess I'm in the majority of 'not most americans'.
We want our troops out, out now, and we do not want some bullshit charade of half-measures like this.

There are no known international terrorists of Iraqi origin. I am sorry that you and Mrs. Clinton are either deluded or deliberately propagating lies.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:58 AM
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10. the "pull everyone out now" view is not in the majority
and there are plenty of foreign fighters in Iraq. It's quite possible that Iraq, especially the Shia controlled areas, will be able to deal with al queda. But, I don't think it unreasonable to keep a small number of troops in country (or nearby) to deal with them if the Iraqi government proves unable to do so, and that is what HRC (and most of the other candidates) are proposing.

ps - calling people "deluded" or "deliberately propagating lies" is not much of an argument and doesn't advance your POV in any kind of credible manner.
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BearSquirrel2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:15 PM
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11. OK ...

Well tell me exactly how the US is supposed to sort Al-Queda from Shia/Sunni fighters if the locals cannot?

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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:36 PM
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15. who says the locals can't?
The Shia controlled areas have been able to keep al queda out, since al-queda is, for the most part, a Sunni organization. There is evidence that some Sunni tribes are rejecting al queda's influence. Perhaps the Iraqi government will be able to neutralize al-queda in Iraq. But it is in this country's self interest to make sure that what al queda was able to do in Afghanistan is not repeated in Iraq, even if that means keeping a specialized force ready to combat such a thing, IMO.
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BearSquirrel2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:07 PM
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29. That was sarcastic ...

I think it's a given at this point that our guys can't tell Sunni from Shia from Al Queda. Why would US troops be need to do step in and do a job they've already proven unable to do?

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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:07 AM
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45. well, as the article says, they would be "specialized" troops
I assume that would mean specially trained in telling the difference?
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BearSquirrel2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:55 AM
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48. Kill em all and let god sort em out.

I suppose they'll be updating the Vietnam field manual and substituting "Al-Queda" for "Vietcong".

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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:15 PM
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12. "there are plenty of foreign fighters in Iraq"
oh bullshit. Just repeat the same old and tired lies. We are an occupation force fighting an insurgency and there is a civil war which we provoked as well.

The polls never actually ask the question so that people can answer "no, get out now".

You are either deluded or propagating lies. Sorry, but after five years of listening to the deluded and the liars and the delusional liars tell me why we should continue killing Iraqis while occupying their nation I have lost patience and have no interest in avoiding hurting your feelings.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:29 PM
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13. your reply is so typical of the anti war left
instead of trying to actually deal with a difference of opinion, you denigrate and deny.

Of course the occupation should be ended, and yes, we are fighting an insurgency in the middle of a civil war. We can't continue to do that. That doesn't mean, as a nation, that we can ignore the threat of transnational terrorism, and the very real possibilty that it could find a fertile breeding ground in a destabilized Iraq. And yes, our continued presence there is also contributing to the "breeding ground".

But none of that is counter to what Clinton (and most of the other candidates)are proposing.
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:36 PM
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14. So you've dropped the foreign fighter meme?
Tell me exactly how many international terrorist incidents are attributed to Iraq-sourced terrorists from this 'fertile breeding ground'?

Oh never mind. I'll tell you. None. Not one incident. What's next from you, a rehash of the fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here? That seems to be the implication of your position.

We have no right to occupy Iraq or hunt down people we want to kill in Iraq, any more than any nation has a right to occupy our lands and hunt down and kill our people.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:02 PM
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17. no, I haven't
I tend to trust Democratic Senators with close ties to the military, like Jim Webb on MTP, when they say that there are foreign fighters (mostly Saudis) and an al queda influence in Iraq.

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The difference between the Republican position of "fighting them over there so that we don't have to fight them here", and the positions I have outlined, is that the Republicans believe that the occupation is fighting them over there. That is clearly incorrect - in fact, the occupation is breeding more terrorists. The bulk of American troops need to be withdrawn, and the occupation needs to be ended. This does not preclude, however, the need to protect Iraq's borders from influences intent on destabilization, prevent al queda from gaining a foothold in a destabilized state, and helping to train the Iraq army so that it can defend Iraq from those influences. This is all HRC, (and most of the other Dem candidates have said basically the same thing), is saying in the OP.


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If it is your position that a country does not have a "right" to protect itself against an enemy that has declared they want to destroy you? And has shown an ability to carry out their threats?

Do you think it would have been ok for the US to take out Bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan if that would have prevented the 9/11 attacks?

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You know, I have never supported this war and this occupation. But, I do realize we, as a nation, are going to have to deal with the ramifications of the Bush junta's actions. You want to make it simple - you want to cut the Gordian knot of Iraq with one single stroke. I think the situation is far to complex for that.


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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:13 PM
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18. Webb is full of it.
And you are just regurgitating the latest bullshit story on Iraq, the one that is once again deliberately conflating al qaeda and the attacks on 9-11 with the mess we created in Iraq. It is bullshit, and I don't care how much spackle webb has on his shoulders, or how many military clowns he is buddies with, he is full of it too.

This shit does not impress me:


Your position is one of support for continued occupation of Iraq. No matter how you try and pretend otherwise, that is your stated position here in this thread.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:44 PM
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20. it is clear that you are not interested in any kind of meaningful
debate.

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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:19 PM
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22. It is clear that you are mouthing the latest talking points.
You hit them all. Congratulations. Permanent occupation rationalization du jour.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:00 PM
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24. you know I might be a little more forgiving
if you'd shown any interest in doing anything but insulting me.

I tried to explain how I felt about this, and all I get from you are insults.

Congratulations.


Persons like you are why the anti war left continually fails in it's efforts to convince others of anything more than your own self - righteousness.

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jackbourassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:31 PM
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27. "persons like you are why the anti-war left continually fails...
...in it's efforts to convince others of anything more than your own self-righteousness."

70% of Americans agree with the anti-war left now.

THEY WANT OUT OF IRAQ!!!!!!!!!

So I guess the statement you made is wrong, huh? Just like every other aspect of the Iraq war supported by the DLC.

The only self-righteous person here is you Paulk. How dare you presume to speak for the rest of us. You and your DLC brethren supported the war from the beginning, you opposed ending the war at every step, you supported the surge, you opposed pulling money for the mission, and now you have the temerity to attack a group of people (the anti-war left) who have been right all along, even now when 70% of Americans agree with us? You use talking points by the same people who got us involved in this stupid and destructive war and claim some superiority over us?

Shame on you!

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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:59 PM
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34. I have never claimed to speak for anyone but myself


unlike you....

none of what you have written about my positions on this invasion, or my relationship with the DLC, (how did they get into this?), is even close. But, that also is a common tactic used by posters like yourself - to put words in people's mouthes, to ascribe positions to them that are false.

Your post illustrates everything that is wrong with this website, IMHO. I tried to have an honest conversation on this subject, defending a position that is a mainstream Democratic one, and the reward for my time and effort was insults and untruths.

The shame is in your court, Mr. Bourassa.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:25 PM
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23. You trust the Dem Senators?
The ones who helped get us into this mess? :shrug:
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:02 PM
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25. yes.
and I've never felt a yes vote on the IWR was "helping". Bush would have invaded anyway. At least the IWR got the inspectors in.

Bush violated the terms of the IWR. Iraq is Bush's war.
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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 10:46 AM
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44. In no way did Bush "violate" the IWR.
Let's look at the actual law:

SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS.

The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the
President
to--
(1) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security
Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq
and encourages him in those efforts; and
(2) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security
Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay,
evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies
with all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

There were NO CONDITIONS. The Congress merely "supported the efforts" to enforce UNSC resolutions. It's empty, meaningless rhetoric.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) Authorization.--The President is authorized to use the Armed
Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary
and
appropriate in order to--
(1) defend the national security of the United States
against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and
(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions regarding Iraq.

AS HE DETERMINES. How could Bush "violate" a law in which he alone is authorized to determine?

(b) Presidential Determination.--In connection with the exercise of
the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President
shall
, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible,
but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make
available
to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the
President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that--
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or
other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately
protect the national security of the United States against the
continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to
enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions regarding Iraq.

Bush is given 100% sole authority to determine whether reliance on peaceful means was working.
Surprise! Bush determined that diplomacy or other peaceful means were not adequate. Didn't see that coming!

Senator Byrd was right. It was a blank check.

All Democratic amendments were defeated.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:21 AM
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46. yes, he was supposed to inform Congress of his reasons for
invading.... within 48 hours. His stated reasons were Iraq's possession of WMD, and that Iraq was a threat to the national security of the USA. He knew both these things to be false. He lied. John Dean, among others, has maintained that this alone is grounds for impeachment. I think it is, too.

I would call that violating the terms of the IWR.

And besides, the Bush admin. always maintained that they didn't need the IWR or Congress's approval to invade Iraq.
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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:40 AM
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47. He did inform Congress 48 hours before attacking
Edited on Tue Jul-17-07 12:35 PM by SOS
It was a cut and paste of Section 3b.
His stated reasons contained in the letter did not mention WMD and didn't need to.
He was authorized to use force if he determined that peaceful means were insufficient to "protect the US and enforce UNSC resolutions".
Since it was solely his determination, how could he possibly violate it?

His stated reasons were an exact copy of 3b, approved by Congress:

"reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or
other peaceful means alone either will not adequately
protect the national security of the United States against the
continuing threat posed by Iraq and is not likely to lead to
enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions regarding Iraq."

Bush delivered the letter on time to Congress as required. Section 3b of the AUMF was all he ever needed.

It is true that Bush would have attacked without the AUMF. He could have used a National Security Directive.
The Congress should have denied authorization and forced the NSD.
That way it would be Bush's war, instead of an attack authorized by Congress.
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jackbourassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:22 PM
Response to Reply #13
26. The anti-war left = 70% of Americans...
nt
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:08 PM
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35. 0.7% of total resistance fighters
If we leave, all the raging xenophobia that Iraqis have acquired in the last few years will be directed towards them.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:58 PM
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33. Hillary know some US troops must stay in Iraq to protect all that Iraqi oil that is going to be
harvested mostly for the benefit of four major oil companies (the real reason for the huge embassy and 14 permanent military bases).
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:42 PM
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16. this is nothing new as she has said this before.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:53 PM
Response to Reply #16
21. yes, but it's Monday
the start of another glorious week of Hillary bashing!
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:00 AM
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3. It it's a matter of terrorism it's a matter for the international community not the US.
Disgusting.
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disndat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:14 AM
Response to Reply #3
6. H.C, is true
to her Neocon/DLC support. She couched her words and make her stand election safe but does not come out for international troops as peace keepers because she has to keep her RW, Rupert Murdoch, and Neocons happy with the "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" weasel words. In other words, if she becomes president, she will be Bush-Lite and the bloodletting will continue. She maight even initiate a "national service" draft. I pray for Gore to jump into the race. Only he can stop the H.C. momentum and resolve the Mideast conflict for peace.
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:05 AM
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5. Can anyone tell me for certain, I just don't remember, did the U.S.,
when we left Viet Nam, leave any forces behind? I don't recall that we did.
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:28 AM
Response to Reply #5
8. not after april 75. but during after the paris "peace accords" the us
continued its genocidal policies by bombing Vietnam, and it did have troops on the ground.
they left after the u.s. puppet regime in the south was completely overwhelmed. a wonderful defeat of u.s. imperialism. let it happen again.
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:26 AM
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7. we have a strategic national interest to keep hillary the hell away from the white house.
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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:50 AM
Response to Reply #7
9. lol
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:36 PM
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19. We have two choices left in Iraq.
We can get out and leave it a clusterfuck.

We can stay and be in the middle of the clusterfuck.

Anyone who wants us to stay in the middle of it is a fool.And even leaving a "residual" force is dangerous.We are NOT wanted there,and any presence,large or small,will continue to cause us trouble and make us less safe,not more.

Our "national interests" means oil,plain and simple.If it's not,and we're worried about terrorism,it seems that our presence is sparking a hell of a large backlash against us,one that would surely be lessened if we were not in the region militarily.

So far,no candidate can have a foolproof plan for Iraq because there is no such thing.We have only bad options to choose from,and we need to bite the bullet sooner rather than later on this.All the plans are a matter of guess work.I think Hillary's idea (and she's not alone in it) is a dangerous one,as is anyone's who thinks we need to stay.

Now,having said all of that,we shouldn't put too much stock in any op-ed,especially ones that features the phrase "almost doesn't say" in it's headline. ;)

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Broke Dad Donating Member (345 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:45 PM
Response to Reply #19
28. NO and HELL NO to Wannabe president Hillary
Hillary is trying to prove that she has the balls to be president.

Too bad W tried to do the same thing and invaded Iraq to prove that he had balls. It is costing us $12 billion a month and too many lives of young Americans. Two from my little town (Tipton, Iowa) already. Now we know that W has no balls and no brains.

We don't need another war president.

Give it up Hillary!
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barack4prez Donating Member (128 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:32 PM
Response to Reply #19
37. Yes, and in the last week, Hillary has said
that she'd support both of them. Where does she stand, anyway?
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maximusveritas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:25 PM
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30. I'm fine with a very short-term residual force
but when you start saying "forseeable future", that scares me.
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draft_mario_cuomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:50 PM
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31. Both HRC and BO agree on this. HRC is just more open about it nt
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LordJFT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:27 PM
Response to Reply #31
38. BO is perfectly open about it
Most democrats are actually. Only a few on the far left are saying leave no troops. Bill Richardson is also saying this to try to differentiate himself from the far left.
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draft_mario_cuomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 01:39 AM
Response to Reply #38
39. Does he mention it during debates when he claims he will end the war?
Edited on Tue Jul-17-07 01:40 AM by draft_mario_cuomo
Richardson and Kucinich are for ending the war. Edwards will also end offensive military operations in Iraq, unlike HRC and BO. The only troops he would keep in Iraq are those at the embassy (standard for any American embassy) and perhaps a few to protect humanitarian workers. HRC and BO want to keep troops for an unspecified amount of time to train Iraqi forces, conduct military offensives, etc.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:56 PM
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32. better get used to the tough talk on security in the general
n/t
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 02:13 AM
Response to Reply #32
40. And endless lies. I don't think democracy is working anymore.
We should perhaps give another system a shot. I'm open to suggestions.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:10 PM
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36. Clinton endorses the outright theft of Iraqi oil
What else do you need to know?
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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:48 AM
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41. And why do progressives despise Hillary's thinking? Bill told her the facts
Edited on Tue Jul-17-07 03:59 AM by GreenTea
Bullshit BushCo terrorism will keep the people fearful...and she must go along to get elected, that she must be on & offering more to the corporate edge along with the sickening DLC...The republicans and their media want her as their poster girl and want her so much as the Dem nominee...and feel shes a slam dunk to continue the fascism for the republican party, ....You must know the republicans always get the weakest Dem candidates nominated...You think the filthy republicans are just sitting around each day...and hoping? NO!...They are working it, each and every day!
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NoFederales Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 06:17 AM
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43. They do, indeed, work persistently. nt
NoFederales
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:03 AM
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42. No, we need all the troops out as soon as possible.
And that includes the troops, mercenaries, CIA, and everyone else associated with this boondoggle. She just doesn't get it.
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