Winner: Lord Douchebag!
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Today's winner of the royal title of Lord Douchebag, for his astoundingly stupid OP/ED in the New York Times today, is Senator John Kerry (who, as the Times helpfully reminds us) was a candidate for President of the United States in 2004.
Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military. If Iraqis aren't willing to build a unity government in the five months since the election, they're probably not willing to build one at all. The civil war will only get worse, and we will have no choice anyway but to leave.
If Iraq's leaders succeed in putting together a government, then we must agree on another deadline: a schedule for withdrawing American combat forces by year's end. Doing so will empower the new Iraqi leadership, put Iraqis in the position of running their own country and undermine support for the insurgency, which is fueled in large measure by the majority of Iraqis who want us to leave their country. Only troops essential to finishing the job of training Iraqi forces should remain.
What a freakin' douchebag! Kid Various cannot think of a worse recommendation to achieve victory in Iraq. If the Iraqis don't form a unity government in 5 months they probably won't build one at all? Where did you get that information Braniac?
We will defeat Al Qaeda faster when we stop serving as its best recruitment tool. Iraqis ultimately will not tolerate foreign jihadists on their soil,Or be over-run by them. Besides Al Qaeda is not the problem in Iraq at the moment, it's defeating the insurgency which is largely sunni Iraqis. And now we are to back off, just when the sunnis are beginning to understand that they *need* us?
and the United States will be able to maintain an over-the-horizon troop presence with rapid response capacity.
Over the horizon from where? Kuwait? If Iraq starts to collapse, you are telling Kid Various that we will be able to insert 150,000 troops to stabilize the country from Kuwait? "Rapidly?" What is your idea of "rapid response?" 7 weeks? Or maybe you mean over the horizon from freakin' Missouri???
An exit from Iraq will also strengthen our hand in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat
Exactly how, by relinquishing what modicum of control we have over Southern Iraq to the Persian Menace completely?
and allow us to repair the damage of repeated deployments, which flag officers believe has strained military readiness and morale.
How are you going to do that when you have to keep those 150,000 troops in Kuwait for "rapid response?" Kid Various has a better idea...grow the Army to 14 divisions!
This whole "redeploy over the horizon" has only one objective... to remove American troops from Iraq and ensure that because of sagging public will that they will never go back. It's a freakin' public relations trick and Senator Kerry, true to form, is willing to adopt any stance that looks like it might get traction to bump his own numbers up.
Kid Various was never a Kerry hater but - Good God, how lucky are we to have narrowly averted electing this craven Douchebag as President?