A View From The Handbasket

Monday, October 10, 2005
Russ Feingold beats me up
Posted by neros_fiddle at 1:29 PM
Hey, Ron, Russ has your back (Salon link).

If we don't leave, our not leaving is a big part of the political instability. So it's an absurdity to talk in terms of, "How can we leave before it is stable?" In fact, the presence of this huge American, and other [countries'], occupation of this country is what is destabilizing the country even more. It's a completely illogical conversation for people to talk in terms of what is already, many believe, almost a civil war, if not already a civil war. What we need to do is recognize that Iraqis are going to have to stand on their own. When I suggest that we withdraw the ground forces in a reasonable manner, this does not mean that we do not continue reconstruction, it does not mean that we do not continue to help the government, it does not mean that we do not have a very strong partnership with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people on non-military issues as well as military issues.

OK, I'm convinced. Getting the heck out *militarily* is the right thing to do. But we're still on the hook for the cost of reconstruction.

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