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Old 02-12-2008, 02:00 PM   #16
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I think it will be an "interesting" (for lack of a better word) time immediately following the inauguration should someone such as Obama take office. It's not a Republican/Democrat thing so much as he's been pretty vocal in stating that we should have never gone to war, we shouldn't be there. And that's all fine, but we are there now. So, if he's elected, I wouldn't doubt that there would be a sentiment on the insurgents' side of "let's see how strongly he'll stick to his 'we shouldn't be there anyway' platform now."
I really like Obama, but I question his decision to essentially nullify any leverage we have in talks with moderate insurgent groups by declaring that all conventional combat troops will be out of Iraq within 16 months. IMO, to make that kind of unconditional commitment regardless of what "conditions on the ground" are like is irresponsible and purely "political."
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:55 PM   #17
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I really like Obama, but I question his decision to essentially nullify any leverage we have in talks with moderate insurgent groups by declaring that all conventional combat troops will be out of Iraq within 16 months. IMO, to make that kind of unconditional commitment regardless of what "conditions on the ground" are like is irresponsible and purely "political."
It is short sighted and extremely naive in my opinion. I don't care what one's opinion of whether we SHOULD have done this or not. But we are there and it is pretty difficult to argue that just leaving will be better for all parties involved.

Etierh you believe that this is still a good idea or you believe in what Colin Powell said. "We broke it. We need to fix it." But anything that is akin to abandonment is simply bad plocy and pretty irresponsible.

I want us out as much as anybody but it has to be done the right way and not the pandering, naive and uniformed way.
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:50 PM   #18
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Im with FRPLG here. I never wanted to go to Iraq, but leaving now won't help our foreign relations. I think an overhaul of HOW we conduct business there is what we need. We won't win over the splinter groups, and the presence of American troops actually increases the amount of terrorists in the area.

To me, if we left now the biggest problem would come between Sunni and Shi'ites in Iraq.

I just hate that we go busting into places forcing democracy on people. Why must every country be run with a democracy? The thing about a democracy is people have to be involved and be able to do that without fear. Some parts of the world that's NOT an option. The best we can hope for is some sort of puppet democracy in the near future for Iraq.
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:02 PM   #19
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It is short sighted and extremely naive in my opinion. I don't care what one's opinion of whether we SHOULD have done this or not. But we are there and it is pretty difficult to argue that just leaving will be better for all parties involved.

Etierh you believe that this is still a good idea or you believe in what Colin Powell said. "We broke it. We need to fix it." But anything that is akin to abandonment is simply bad plocy and pretty irresponsible.

I want us out as much as anybody but it has to be done the right way and not the pandering, naive and uniformed way.
herein lies the difference between the 2 parties. in the democrats eyes, Iraq is, and always will be a mess. the republicans see an American door to possibly peace in the middle east. with that comes the oil. the statement i have in bold letters could be nothing farther from the truth. what exactly did the united states break? there was a crazy dictator ruling with fear. he is now gone. Iraq is now in control of their own country. and that's another problem. it seems like they don't want that responsibility
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:41 PM   #20
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herein lies the difference between the 2 parties. in the democrats eyes, Iraq is, and always will be a mess. the republicans see an American door to possibly peace in the middle east. with that comes the oil. the statement i have in bold letters could be nothing farther from the truth. what exactly did the united states break? there was a crazy dictator ruling with fear. he is now gone. Iraq is now in control of their own country. and that's another problem. it seems like they don't want that responsibility
You honesty don't think we created a mess of Iraq? I find that hard to believe. If you don't think we created a mess, would you say that the history books should say "President Bush achieved victory, but the Iraqis failed?"

Personally, I believe we made a massive mistake in invading and we created a huge mess by employing bad strategies that resulted in American and Iraqi deaths. But, instead of running away from a fight against radical fundamentalists we need to make good on our commitments, stand by our allies and do our best to right our wrongs.

In addition to our moral considerations (e.g., fulfilling our commitment to the Iraqi people), I think there are serious practical interests at stake in Iraq. American credibility in on the line in Iraq. Most of our rational enemies fight us not because they believe they can defeat our military, but because they believe they can break our will. If we withdraw, we will only feed the perception that the U.S. can be defeated by a few swift kicks to the nose. It took our nation and military roughly 30 years to recover from the sting of Vietnam, I wonder how long it will take us to recover from a premature withdrawal from Iraq.
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:41 AM   #21
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do you have any facts, or links, that prove this? to me, this is like saying you don't support the troops, if you are against the war. this statement reads like it came straight out of the mouth of anyone in the current administration
I dont thinkn they love dems just their policies. The last election there were many threats against Bush if he got re-elected. Anywho this is about Iraq not the upcoming election and should not turn into a political debate.
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pre-emptive war...disgusting!

That's all I have to say, carry on.
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Obama will not withdraw the troops on anything like the time tables he is mentioning. Sorry Move On. Sorry George Soros. Sorry Code Pink. He needs the Pentagon a lot worse than he needs you. The best he can hope for is to have some meaningful reduction (down to say 50,000 on the ground) by 2012 when he runs again. But even that may be too optimistic.

And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for his middle class tax cut either.
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Obama will not withdraw the troops on anything like the time tables he is mentioning. Sorry Move On. Sorry George Soros. Sorry Code Pink. He needs the Pentagon a lot worse than he needs you. The best he can hope for is to have some meaningful reduction (down to say 50,000 on the ground) by 2012 when he runs again. But even that may be too optimistic.

And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for his middle class tax cut either.
what are you, his right hand man? how do you know this? the american people have spoken, and the vast majority want our troops home.
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