Keeping Troops In Iraq? No! Excellent Opinion Editorial from Bill Richardson Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Keeping Troops In Iraq? No! Excellent Opinion Editorial from Bill Richardson
 


8 September 2007 at 9:56:36 AM
salon

From the WaPost-Why We Should Exit Iraq NOW.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have suggested that there is little difference among us on Iraq. This is not true: I am the only leading Democratic candidate committed to getting all our troops out and doing so quickly.

In the most recent debate, I asked the other candidates how many troops they would leave in Iraq and for what purposes. I got no answers. The American people need answers. If we elect a president who thinks that troops should stay in Iraq for years, they will stay for years -- a tragic mistake.

Clinton, Obama and Edwards reflect the inside-the-Beltway thinking that a complete withdrawal of all American forces somehow would be "irresponsible." On the contrary, the facts suggest that a rapid, complete withdrawal -- not a drawn-out, Vietnam-like process -- would be the most responsible and effective course of action.

Those who think we need to keep troops in Iraq misunderstand the Middle East. I have met and negotiated successfully with many regional leaders, including Saddam Hussein. I am convinced that only a complete withdrawal can sufficiently shift the politics of Iraq and its neighbors to break the deadlock that has been killing so many people for so long.

Unless, of course, that's the plan of the others- to support militarism and, like the neocons, keep a military presence in Iraq and the Middle East. Clinton and Obama for sure have said they will have troops in Iraq after they become president, just the purpose will change and Obama has also said, astonishingly, that he will increase the military budget!


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