Pressure Mounts for New Iraq Strategy

  1. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/...cle1963009.ece

    The Stay the Course View
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    There are fears in London that Britain will have little influence over the rethink of US strategy in Iraq. Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, sought to rebuff those calling for a cut and run approach....
    "I ask those who are calling for more precipitate action to consider the consequences of such action: we would be leaving the Iraqi government without the means to prevent a further escalation in the violence, without the tools to enforce the rule of law and without the authority to prevent their country turning into a base for terrorism. We must not let that happen. In both Afghanistan and Iraq we have to have the courage of our convictions."
    The Get Out of There View
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    After violence that has led to the deaths of more than 2,800 US troops, 120 British soldiers and perhaps as many as 655,000 Iraqis, events are now largely out of US control. Indications suggest that the violence - the sectarian killing as well as the anti-US insurgency - is getting worse....

    Some Democrats, such as John Murtha, a former marine, have called for an immediate withdrawal of troops...

    Others, such as the former presidential candidate John Kerry have called for a timetabled withdrawal, claiming this would increase the preparedness of Iraqi forces to take over from American troops. But there are serious doubts about the progress being made in training Iraqi forces.

    Some commentators believe the presence of American and British troops exacerbates the situation - a point made last month by the British Army chief, General Sir Richard Dannatt.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 12, '06
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  3. by   VeryPlainJane
    The Iraqi government must be told that U.S. presence is “not open-ended,” said Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat expected to be chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the new Congress that convenes in January.

    “We need to begin a phased redeployment of forces from Iraq in four to six months,” Levin said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15689142/
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I can't envision a really good outcome. No matter what we do the whole world has been harmed by this war.
    We do need to act in the best interest of our country. I think that means in the best interest of humanity.
  5. by   indigo girl
    Quote from spacenurse
    I can't envision a really good outcome. No matter what we do the whole world has been harmed by this war.
    We do need to act in the best interest of our country. I think that means in the best interest of humanity.
    The problem is that we don't all agree on what is in the best interest of humanity. I do not believe the Iraqi people want the US in their country.
    There seems to be no benefit to them, and much harm that has occurred because of US occupation, and clearly it is an occupation. It is very arrogant of this gov't to assume that they know what is best for Iraq considering the damage that has been done to those people. As for supporting the troops, I pray for their safe withdrawal and as soon as possible.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Well it is important to keep working for peace.

    Boston man remembers his son:

    http://www.boston.com/partners/world...ontinuous=true
  7. by   indigo girl
    Quote from spacenurse
    Well it is important to keep working for peace.

    Boston man remembers his son:

    http://www.boston.com/partners/world...ontinuous=true
    That story was hard to hear.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush

    The weekend after the statue of Saddam Hussein fell, Kenneth Adelman and a couple of other promoters of the Iraq war gathered at Vice President Cheney's residence to celebrate. The invasion had been the "cakewalk" Adelman predicted. Cheney and his guests raised their glasses, toasting President Bush and victory. "It was a euphoric moment," Adelman recalled.
    Forty-three months later, the cakewalk looks more like a death march, and Adelman has broken with the Bush team. He had an angry falling-out with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this fall. He and Cheney are no longer on speaking terms. And he believes that "the president is ultimately responsible" for what Adelman now calls "the debacle that was Iraq."...

    Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush - washingtonpost.com
  9. by   pickledpepperRN

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