Tossing Words Around (2)
"I'm not suggesting that we yank all our troops out all the way. I'm trying to get to an endpoint. That's what all of us have been trying to get to.You can find a transcript of the exchanges between each of the Presidential Candidates with the General & Ambassador here. One point, at least, worth making. First, this should be a wake up call to those "progressives" contemplating wasting their vote on Nader or even potentially disappointed Clinton supporters threatening to vote for McCain or stay home should Obama get the nomination. Compare this comment with the remarks McCain made in his opening statement. Yes, I wish Obama were much more aggressive in opposing the war. But he at least has some notion that we need to get the hell out.
And, see, the problem I have is if the definition of success is so high, no traces of Al Qaida and no possibility of reconstitution, a highly-effective Iraqi government, a Democratic multiethnic, multi- sectarian functioning democracy, no Iranian influence, at least not of the kind that we don't like, then that portends the possibility of us staying for 20 or 30 years."
OK, another point is worth making too. Obama is calling for what he here termed a "diplomatic surge" which would involve actually striking up a conversation with Iran. If you think that is not a strong stance, compare his comments to the nuttiness of Lieberman and several of the other Senators who fell all over themselves at the hearing today fear-mongering about the Iranians. Yes, the Iranian regime is dastardly. No, I do not trust them terribly much. But there will be no settlement - none - in the region if we fail to address them.
And, at the risk of seeming terribly un-PC, I will say that this photo makes it appear that Crocker has a rather robust man-crush (to use a term I learned from my sons) on the good, courageous General.
in Iraq, and the US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, answer
questions from the Senate armed services committee on Capitol
Hill, Washington DC. [Photograph © Matthew Cavanaugh/EPA]
I guess some fellows just wilt when confronted by a chest full of medals. Go figure.