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The Alternative Plan

The Democrats are claiming the Iraq war is all wrong and they can do better. Here is their alternative plan ....

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Is this the best they can do? Telling us the Iraq war is all wrong and not giving us any details about how they will fix it? Heck, just a broad sketch of how they would do things different might help ... but NO, all they offer is the same thing they have offered for six long years - more whining and backbiting.

I think all of us agree the war isn’t going as well as we’d like and we need to try something different - but do we need to change the whole management team to get it and if we do, how far back will that set us while we wait for the new team to get their act together and decide on a plan?

If you don’t like the plan, give me a better one or STFU and sit down. Better the devil you know than the devil who can’t make up his mind.

Democrats Are Divided on a Solution for Iraq
WASHINGTON (NY TIMES) - October 27, 2006

imageimageIf the Nov. 7 election in the United States is a referendum on the Iraq war, what are the choices? President Bush admitted Wednesday that things were not going as well as he had hoped in Iraq and that he was adjusting tactics on the ground to deal with the continuing military and political problems there. He said his overarching goal — victory — remained unchanged, but he gave no sense of what it would take to achieve it.

Democratic leaders and candidates are virtually unanimous in opposing the president’s conduct of the war, and most advocate American disengagement — either quickly or slowly. But most are not calling for an immediate withdrawal of American forces or offering a vision of what postwar Iraq should look like. They say they stand for change, but the variety of formulations is dizzying.

Nineteen House members sponsored a bill to cut off funds for the war. The Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania opposes a deadline for ending American involvement in Iraq. The Democratic candidate for Senate in Ohio wants all the troops out within two years. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the current minority leader who is likely to be the next speaker of the House if Democrats win back the chamber, is calling for immediate steps to begin to remove American forces, with all of them out of Iraq by the end of 2007.

“We haven’t coalesced around a single plan,” Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat who is up for re-election this year, acknowledged in an interview on Thursday. “But, we’re in general agreement on the basic principles.”

The range of proposals in part reflects the military, political and sectarian maze that Iraq has become. With virtually no one contending that an exit would be easy, no one wants to be responsible for a decision that would leave Iraq a smoldering ruin of civil war.

But the range of proposals also illustrates the state of the Democratic Party, which has not held executive power for six years or controlled the Congress for twice that long. There is no dominant figure in the party to formulate a policy position, so a hundred schools of thought contend. And even if the Democrats win one or both houses of Congress, they will not have the authority to change the course of the war significantly.

“The republic is being offered a choice between muck and murk,” said David R. Gergen, an adviser to Republican and Democratic presidents and now a professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. “Neither party is offering a clear path ahead in Iraq.”

A number of Democratic policy analysts and elected officials who are not facing re-election this year have drafted quite detailed proposals for untangling the Iraq knot. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Delaware Democrat, has proposed a plan to divide Iraq into three semi-autonomous regions — for the Kurds, the Shiites and the Sunnis — with the United States providing a security umbrella for a time.

Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island are urging a plan, endorsed by a majority of Senate Democrats, to begin withdrawing troops within the next few months to impress upon Iraqi leaders that the American presence is not open-ended.

- More at the NY TIMES (registration required) ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/27/2006 at 08:02 AM   
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