Tuesday, November 22, 2005


I think the Dems need to claim collective ownership of a serious withdrawal plan ASAP. By this I mean a general working plan, whether John Murtha’s “beyond the horizon” redeployment or something else, upon which more specific nuts-and-bolts withdrawal procedures can be built. Such a plan should be a well-publicized feature of Brand Democrat going into 2006. And Democrats need to claim ownership of this plan now, before Republicans beat them to it.

Bush has a history of turning on a dime and assimilating former opposing positions as his own. For example, he fought the creation of the Department of Homeland Security tooth and nail, until one day in (I think ) June 2002 he declared he was for it. From that moment forward he spoke of it as if it had been his policy all along. And by adding a “poison pill” anti-Union provision, he took the issue away from the Democrats, who were for the DHS all those months that Bush was against it.

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Some time soon — maybe after the December elections — Bush could announce that the “mission” is sufficiently accomplished to begin withdrawal from Iraq. And then Karl Rove and the noise machine will turn the centrist Democrats’ “cautious half-steps” into talking points arguing the Dems are against withdrawal. That sounds may farfetched, I know, but I think it is entirely in line with Bush’s past behavior.

Whether Bush likes it or not, whether he realizes it now or not, U.S. troops cannot stay in Iraq in perpetuity. One way or another we’re going to leave before Bush’s second term has expired.

Read it all here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What I want to hear is that there will be no American bases for ICBMs with nuclear warheads in Iraq. If we don't have to build those, we'll save a lot of money for other reconstruction and clean-up in Iraq and at home.
Further, I'd suggest that we joing Russian and China and support the Central Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and extend it all the way down the Arabian Penninsula. Surely, if monitoring can keep the polio virus in check, we can keep nuclear weapons out.
One argument that I'm already ready not to buy is that Iraq needs missiles to protect it from Syrian and Iran. That dog won't hunt.