Update: The Quad City Times once again quotes Obama declaring about Iraq, “We’re going to have to have a residual force there.” Hopefully this will end the attacks on Hillary’s reasonable position on the matter of residual forces from Big Blog supporters of Obama. Obama should get a clue from Iowa voters, including his own suporters and stop attacking other Democratic plans to end the war. “What’s happened in the past has happened in the past,” said Mulvihill, who supports Obama but does not believe his rivals’ Iraq votes are important now. “It’s just time to move forward, to get a plan together and to bring our troops home.” Stop being desperately divisive and instead support the Hillary plan Senator Obama.
“I’m a veteran who knows war is hell,” said Haaland, of Ames. “I die with every soldier that gets killed.”
He tried to bring a hand-written sign up to the fourth-floor event, but was stopped by campaign staff.
It said “Stop the war” on one side and on the other: “Hillary, Hillary, she’s our plan, if she can’t do it, no one can.”
The veteran’s name is Juel Haaland, who was “in tears,” according to the Des Moines Register.
The Des Moines Register summarized the Out of Iraq plan as follows:
Troop withdrawal: She would direct her secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and her National Security Council to draw up a “clear, viable plan” to start bringing troops home within the first 60 days of her administration.
Care for troops: She would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to prepare a plan for “the highest quality health care and benefits” for every service member, including National Guard members and Reserves and their families. She would make sure it’s promptly funded and implemented.
Stabilize Iraq: She would focus U.S. aid on stabilizing Iraq and helping its people, “not propping up the Iraqi government.” She would support the appointment of a high-level United Nations representative to help broker peace.
Diplomatic initiative: She would pull together key allies and people from countries bordering Iraq to mediate among sectarian groups in Iraq, and convince Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria from getting involved in civil war in Iraq, either directly or indirectly.
Refugees: Clinton would organize a multibillion-dollar international effort to address the needs of Iraqi refugees. It would be paid for by several countries and led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Terrorism: She would “order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations” against al Qaida and other terrorist organizations in the region.
The speech was a realistic appraisal:
The catalogue of miscalculations, misjudgments, and mistakes in Iraq shocks the conscience. From the unilateral decision to rush to a preemptive war without allowing the inspectors to finish their work or waiting for diplomacy to run its course; to the failure to send enough troops or provide proper equipment for them; to the denial of a rising insurgency and the failure to adjust the military strategy; to continued support for a government unwilling to make the necessary political compromises; to the adherence to a broken policy more than four years after the invasion began.
From the unilateral decision to rush into a pre-emptive war without allowing the inspectors to finish their work or waiting for diplomacy to run its course; to the failure to send enough troops or provide proper equipment for them; to the denial of a rising insurgency and the failure to adjust the military strategy; to continued support for a government unwilling to make the necessary political compromises; to the adherence to a broken policy more than four years after the invasion began.
As a result of these failures, the next President will inherit some of the greatest foreign policy challenges in our history. Rising terrorism and extremism. Frayed alliances. And the increasingly difficult task of restoring American leadership in a world that has come to view our nation with suspicion and mistrust.
These few lines are a strong case for making Hillary the 44th President of the United States:
“America needs a president with the strength and experience to end this war. I will be that president. Our brave men and women who wear the uniform of our country deserve nothing less.”