More Troops for Iraq?
Posted by David Keelan on Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Hasn’t everyone been talking about troop reductions, redeployment, recasting their purpose, running for cover, cut and run, standing down, etc. We can’t win in Iraq! Right. That has been the mantra for the last 30 days. Am I right? Correct me if I am wrong. Please.
My brother-in-law and I talked about the outcome of the November elections. He was fairly certain that we would get a new Iraq policy when the democrats took over Congress.
I told him that I thought “Nothing is going to change as far as Iraq policy.” The democrats offered nothing new before or during the elections and they are not going to offer anything new now. It isn’t because they don’t have any opinions on Iraq it is because they are realists (God I hope I am right). He didn’t agree with me and the conversation ended when his wife said – “David is right. We are so ($__# we can’t leave until the Iraqi military and police can do the job.” Bingo!
The consequences of getting this wrong (wronger if that is a word) are huge. I can’t imagine anything worse that to abandon Iraq at this point.
I don’t know if I am right or wrong. That is my opinion. Looks like the incoming Chair of the House Intel agrees.
‘We Can’t Afford to Leave’
By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
As the debate over Iraq intensifies, leading Democrat Silvestre Reyes is calling for the deployment of more U.S. troops.
Dec. 5. 2006 – In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a stepped up effort to “dismantle the militias.”
I fully expect to hear a chorus of Democrats coming out and saying. “Absolutely right.” So, the anti-Bush, anti-Lieberman far left wing of the democratic party will be the only ones left screaming at Reyes and demanding that Pelosi withdrawl Reyes name. If the Democrats have put the political campaigning behind them and are ready to really govern then they will stick by Reyes because he has the guts to tell it like it is – kinda like another Texan we all know.
Listen to this guy:
When a reporter suggested that was not a position that was likely to be popular with many House Democrats, Reyes replied: “Well again, I differ in that I don’t want Iraq to become the next Afghanistan. We could not allow Iraq to become a safe haven for Al Qaeda, for Hamas, for Hizbullah, or anybody else. We cannot allow Iran or Syria to have a free hand in there to further destabilize the Middle East.”
He sounds just like George Bush. Does this make him the “worst chairman of the intelligence committee ever”? No I don’t think so. It means he is using his head. Others might see monkeys flying around. Does Reyes think we might actually win in Iraq? Sounds that way to me.
Is it not obvious to this guy that our presence in Iraq is not helping anyone? Obviously not. He thinks an increased presence in Iraq will help. So, this really didn’t turn out that bad after all.