I was extremely disappointed to watch Harry Reid endorse the Bush/Rumsfeld/ISG policy of dumping thousands more troops into Iraq to referee the Civil War. Harry Reid, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, seems to not have gotten the message. Colin Powell has. I am not a military expert, and I have.
There is no military solution or “victory” in Iraq.
Anyone, Republican or Democrat, who decides to now trust the President after years of his criminal lying and deceit is someone who isn’t paying close enough attention.
Brave men and women in the Armed Forces have served ably and at every moment fulfilled their duties and responsibilities. Due to poor planning on the part of our military officers and a historic set of lies cooked by Bush, Powell, and others, we lost the effort.
When you’re in a hole, dig yourself out. By dropping thousands more troops in Baghdad and its surrounding provinces, who’s to say the insurgents in Iraq, who already outnumber Coalition forces, won’t just up the ante and activate thousands more killers to patrol the streets and neighborhoods of Iraq?
After years of failure and deception the only responsible thing to do is pull the vast majority of troops out of the region. That means every soldier who is currently driving a truck through the IED-laced Baghdad should be home with their families. It means that every brave soldier sent out on a midnight mission to track down insurgents who never appear where “intelligence” says they’ll be will come home. Iraqi’s can drive the trucks and run the midnight missions to take control of their country.
This is not a cut and run strategy. All essential special forces and military trainers should stay for a very specific amount of time and after that point should also leave to be home with their families.
As long as politicians like Bush, Cheney, and even some Democrats keep speaking as though “victory” can be achieved, we will continue to fail in Iraq. We are just days away from 2007 and we must face the facts. The war is over, it’s time to being them home.
Harry Reid is dead wrong on this and history will judge him and our Party for his position. I hope and pray every single minute these days that this war will end and that Bush and his thugs will listen to the will of the American people.
Bush has failed as a President. He has hurt our nation deeply and our next test will be to clean up the mess that has been created on many fronts and restore our nation’s ability to lead in the world.
The eyes of the nation are now on the Democratic leadership. At a time when our country needs them desperately they must stand proud and firm against this war and make good on recent promises to bring our troops home and end Bush’s failed war in Iraq.