Obama Calls forWwithdrawal in 4-6 Months
It was only six days ago that Gen. John Abizaid spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee. In a previous post I made the point that the Democrats will jump on the General's reply to the question from Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., about how much time the U.S. and Iraqi government have to reduce the violence in Baghdad before it spirals beyond control where he said, "Four to six months." and make that a concrete time table forgetting the qualifier "to reduce the violence in Baghdad before it spirals beyond control." Now Sen. Barack Obama D-Il has done just that.
In a speech sure to draw political fire, the Democrat told attendees of a Chicago Council on Global Affairs event downtown that withdrawal should begin in the next four to six months and that those soldiers should be moved to Afghanistan to focus on terrorist groups again gaining strength in that country.emphasis mine.
He wants to send more troops to Afghanistan? I thought we just turned that situation over to NATO. Maybe Sen. Obama should give them a call to see if they need us there or not. That was not the only bit of nonsense however.
Obama, who is considering a run for president in 2008, also advocated negotiating Iraq's future with neighboring Iran and Syria, an option President George Bush has rejected as he blames both countries for meddling in the U.S. effort to install a democratic government.
"We know these countries want us to fail and we should remain steadfast in our opposition to their support of terrorism and Iran's nuclear ambitions," Obama said. "But neither Iran nor Syria want to see a security vacuum in Iraq filled with chaos, terrorism, refugees and violence as it could have a destabilizing effect on the entire region and within Iran and Syria themselves "
Uh... Does he not recall that Syria has held Lebanon as an occupied satellite since 1982? Any vacuum of leadership left in Iraq would be gladly filled by Syria. The only problem is the Iranians would love to fill that vacuum also. Since the Syrians are Sunni Moslems and the Iranians are Shiite Moslems the resulting struggle would make most people long for the good old days of the present situation in Iraq. A "destabilizing effect" for sure.
I expect that the mantra of "four to six months" will become so ubiquitous that I'll have to turn to the Food Network channel to escape from it.
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