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December 19, 2006

Harry Reid on Leaving Iraq

"The Clock is Ticking, Mr. President", is the title of our upcoming Senate Majority Leader's post over at Huffington Post.   Building on what the Joint Chiefs said earlier today, Reid clarifies his position on Ieaving Iraq.  (This calls for posting the entire piece):

Frankly, I don't believe that more troops is the answer for Iraq. It's a civil war and America should not be policing a Sunni-Shia conflict. In addition, we don't have the additional forces to put in there. We obviously want to support what commanders in the field say they need, but apparently even the Joint Chiefs do not support increased combat forces for Baghdad. My position on Iraq is simple:

1. I believe we should start redeploying troops in 4 to 6 months (The Levin-Reed Plan) and complete the withdrawal of combat forces by the first quarter of 2008. (As laid out by the Iraq Study Group)

2. The President must understand that there can only be a political solution in Iraq, and he must end our nation's open-ended military commitment to that country.

3. These priorities need to be coupled with a renewed diplomatic effort and regional strategy.

I do not support an escalation of the conflict. I support finding a way to bring our troops home and would look at any plan that gave a roadmap to this goal.

It's been two weeks since the Iraq Study Group released its plan to change the course and bring our troops home. Since then, the President has been on a fact finding tour of his own administration -- apparently ignoring the facts presented by those in the military who know best. The President needs to put forth a plan as soon as possible, one that reflects the reality on the ground in Iraq and that withdraws our troops from the middle of this deadly civil war.

Give 'em Hell, Harry!

Posted by Lynn Allen on December 19, 2006 at 09:56 PM in National and International Politics, Strategery | Permalink


I was really relieved to see Reid clarify his position on this because his last statement sure sounded like he was supporting Bush's folly. The Dems need to understand that the reason they won back Congress was because the American people want out of Iraq. Sooner rather than later. Reid needs to be the lead voice for not escalating this debacle.

Posted by: shoephone | Dec 19, 2006 11:42:04 PM

I don't think Harry "clarified his position." He improved it and I'm being generous here.

Posted by: howieinseattle | Dec 20, 2006 4:51:05 AM

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