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Thursday, June 15, 2006

John Kerry posts at The Hill blog

Senator Kerry is really getting out and about in the blogosphere these days.

I was wondering why there were so few comments on the posts at The Hill blog...then I found that only Congressmembers, staff, and recognized policy experts can post comments. It does seem like that would keep the debate a little more civil than if the riff raff were allowed to post!

Re:Troop Withdrawal–It’s time for Iraqis to stand up for Iraq
June 15th, 2006

Want to win the war on terror? Want to deal with Iran’s nuclear threat? Want to stop the Taliban from retaking Afghanistan? Want to stop Al Qaeda’s new beachhead in Somalia? I sure as hell do. I’m tired of a national security game of half measures where the same people who took their boots off Osama bin Laden’s neck at Tora Bora when he was cornered, now think we have to stay bogged down in Iraq forever and leave these growing threats unaddressed.

Our enemies are thrilled we’re bogged down in Iraq. But we have a choice. It’s time to redeploy for victory in the war on terror. It’s time for Iraqis to stand up for Iraq. We know the verdict of our generals: the war cannot be won militarily; the only way forward is a political settlement. We need to listen to Gen. George Casey, the U.S. military commander in Iraq, who argued that our large military presence “extends the amount of time that it will take for Iraqi security forces to become self-reliant.” To make Iraq self-reliant, we need hard and fast deadlines, not an open-ended commitment of U.S. forces. Our troops have done their job in Iraq. It’s time for Iraqis to stand up for Iraq.

Posted by Mass. Dem. Sen. John Kerry

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