I just read about this strong, clear stand by John Edwards in a blog entry by Carter Wrenn and I must say, it's just the kind of thing that will win me over.
John Edwards has called for us to immediately withdraw 40,000 troops from Iraq. Not next month. Or by Christmas. Or in a year. Now. Granted we’re in a mess in Iraq. But where does bringing 40,000 troops home tomorrow leave the troops still in Iraq? Are they safer?
Mr. Edwards is running for President as a Democrat and he has taken a glib, popular stand that will help him win the Democratic primaries.
But what’s his real solution on Iraq? He says he’d pull every soldier out and bring him – or her – home in 14 months. Fine. Who wouldn’t like to see that happen? But where does that leave us? What happens then? Is pulling out of Iraq going to win the war on terrorism? If it is I’m all for it. But I’d like to hear Mr. Edwards explain how his plan is going to bring us the victory over the terrorist that has eluded us for five years.
Carter Wrenn is either being intentionally obtuse or he's a little thin in the brain department. There's a very good reason "victory over the terrorist (sic)" has eluded us for five years: We've been fighting the wrong goddamn war.
Republicans are almost gleeful when Democrats don't have a magic answer to make up for the unmitigated fuck-up that is Bush's war. They seem giddy when honest men and women look at things and determine there is no practical way to salvage the crappy situation. They jump on the "stay the course" bandwagon and hope for a fairy godmother to come save the day.
John Edwards is right. Start drawing down now. Set a deadline for a complete withdrawal. Then get the hell out of there. With Israel invading Lebanon, with North Korea losing a few more marbles, with Iran refusing to take Bush seriously (they're smarter than I thought), there is simply no tenable strategy for a military victory in Iraq.
The truth is, there never was.