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On Obama's Militarism and Keeping *Some* Troops in Iraq After the *Deadline*
 


27 April 2007 at 5:13:14 PM
salon

Last night, before the debate, I heard Obama's position brought up again (Video on CanOFun) and his representative bobbed and weaved to avoid giving a straight answer to the question of whether Obama was for a complete pullout or not. And due to the limitations of a *debate* in which there's only about a minute to give a thoughtful answer (RIGHT!), I could be charitable and say that maybe there was just no time to give a claryfing answer. Luckily, his foreign policy tome has been posted on Washington Note. And he is FOR militarism and FOR leaving *some* troops in Iraq.

In a speech five months ago, I argued that there can be no military solution to what has become a political conflict between Sunni and Shi’a factions. And I laid out a plan that I still believe offers the best chance of pressuring these warring factions toward a political settlement – a phased withdrawal of American forces with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31st, 2008.

I acknowledged at the time that there are risks involved in such an approach. That is why my plan provides for an over-the-horizon force that could prevent chaos in the wider region, and allows for a limited number of troops to remain in Iraq to fight al Qaeda and other terrorists.

How funny. That's just what Hawk Hillary Clinton says as well as what US House Rep Chet Edwards is for. In my opinion, it is just muddied up sleight of hand to make the public think we are leaving when we still will have troops there. Let's just call it a different name but the effects will be the same.

Oh, and he's also for building up the military.

The second way America will lead again is by building the first truly 21st century military and showing wisdom in how we deploy it.

We must maintain the strongest, best-equipped military in the world in order to defeat and deter conventional threats. But while sustaining our technological edge will always be central to our national security, the ability to put boots on the ground will be critical in eliminating the shadowy terrorist networks we now face. This is why our country’s greatest military asset is the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States

Maybe there are other Democrats who buy into this idea of a Military Democracy, but I don't.


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