Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pentagon Official Gives it to Clinton

I rarely link to the Daily Kos, because I get nauseous every time I visit the site, but this post warrants mentioning. It's about a Pentagon official who responded to Hillary Clinton's question about how we plan to withdraw from Iraq with a completely reasonable--and important--answer:

"Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," [Undersecretary of Defense Eric] Edelman wrote.

He added that "such talk understandably unnerves the very same Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks." Original text from this AP story.

The Daily Kos, of course, just considers this response outrageous! How dare a military official respond openly and honestly to a question that during wartime is at least wreckless and irresponsible. The only other possible answer to Clinton's question would be, "We plan to withdraw after we've achieved our goals." And that's a reasonable answer only if we ever plan to withdraw, since I believe we should leave behind major military installation or two.

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