Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Iraq Pullout Is Political For Dems, Iraqi's & Repugs who Cry Political Foul Once Again!

Democrats who have called for U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq said a proposed withdrawal plan reportedly put forward by the top American general there shows their criticism has been on the mark.
President Bush’s Republican allies in Congress in recent weeks have criticized Democratic proposals for getting out of Iraq, accusing the opposition party of laying plans to “cut and run” from the war.

But The New York Times, quoting unnamed U.S. officials, reported Sunday that Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, plans to send home about 7,000 of the 127,000 American troops by September without replacing them. More than 20,000 more would leave by the end of 2007, the Times reported.

Here we have a situation where Democrats, 80 percent of us, voted to say we ought to start reducing our troop presence there — and again, we got pummeled,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, told CBS. “And now, it turns out, we’re in synch with General Casey.”

Military sources told CNN Thursday that Casey was considering pulling 6,000 to 10,000 troops out of Iraq as part of a reduction, but neither the general nor Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would confirm that at a news conference the same day.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki included a U.S. withdrawal among the elements of a national reconciliation plan he outlined Sunday, but the plan sets no specific timetable. this would include amnesty for insurgents.(Full story)

Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell said lawmakers discussed the situation in Iraq with Casey before votes taken by Congress last week. But he said the point of the debate was that “Congress ought not to be dictating to the generals what the tactics are.”

I found it very troubling that the Repugs were in Congress politicizing Iraq accusing Dems of wanting to cut and run when they secretly knew that there was already a discussion with The General in charge to reduce troop levels. I am sick of the 3D politics (deceitful, deceptive, divisive) just to cover for Bush and his inept decisions.

Then we get this response to Iraq PM Maliki’s proposal of amnesty which I have to say I agree with. I also hate to say that I agree with the Repugs on this but I do. This is not a get out of jail free card. Maliki is not proposing emptying the jails of American killers that I am aware of.

We cannot tell the Iraqi’s who they can have in their government. we have those in our own government that have harmed Americans in one respect or an other. i agree with the White House in this. whatever Iraqi’s must do to ensure peace and unity then so be it.
The insurgency against Bush has nothing to do with their Bringing Iraq together. THEY WANT US OUT! They wanted us off their soil from the get go. of course pig headed Bush attacked anyway. Of course there was going to be violence. Of course there was going to be those trying to drive out and kill Americans.
At this point getting them together and getting us out of there should be all that matters. once united they can go about eliminating outside insurgency elements. then go about the business of a new independent Iraq
* We must stop playing politics with peoples lives both American and Iraqi. We have the Republicans playing politics accusing Dems of playing politics who are telling the Iraqi’s how to play politics! This has got to stop. They must start somewhere somehow by their choosing and we must get out!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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