Friday, November 10, 2006

Election Questions

Withdrawing from Iraq is the top priority, as this will give the dems the political capital they need for the presidential elections. So, a few questions:

1) How should the US withdraw from Iraq?
2) Will the dems seek the most pragmatic, or the most popular strategy?
3) Will the repugs fight back to keep the war going?
4) Should Congress start an investigation as to who did what and why in regards to the war?
5) Should members of this administration be tried for war crimes?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1)The US should certainly withdraw from Iraq. Our presence is resulting in the deaths of human beings on both sides and for nothing. We couldn't bring democracy to Iraq if that was actually the goal because our politicians don't want democracy, they want a media-controlled oligarchy.

2)I believe the Dems will seek the strategy that does the very least yet makes it possible for their "bringing the troops home" talking points to have a hint of justification. This probably entails setting a very conservative timeline for when the bulk of the forces come home (2-3 years, just in time for the elections) while perhaps pulling a small fraction of troops back within 6 months, so they can say that they've started.

3).The repugs will fight back a little, but I don't think they will all that much. Some might go along with the whole thing. But that it because the withdrawal plan is going to be very conservative.

4).Sure. I don't think anything will come of it practically, but these types of things are good to gather facts for the writing of history books later.

5). Certainly. Killing this many people over a lie is an obvious war crime. But they most definitely won't be tried for war crimes. Pelosi and Dean have already publicly stated that they aren't going to impeach the president, so they're not going to accuse him of war crimes. Plus they wouldn't have much of a leg to stand on, as they've partially supported the war the entire time. In addition, it would lead to the idea that Israel's war crimes should be looked into, but the Democrats fervently defend Israel's "right" to kill.

10 November, 2006 11:06  
Anonymous ritesh said...

1. I believe the US should withdraw militarily post-haste. A small contingent should remain functioning in a humanitarian capacity only (hospitals/clinics, food distribution, water treatment, etc.).

2. Most popular, of course.

3. A vocal minority will most certainly fight back. Most Republicans, though, will be secretly relieved by the new direction.

4. Yes, most definitely.

5. They should be tried as war criminals, but they won't. USA should also join the ICC, but that won't happen either.

6. On another note: Certain corporations (e.g. KBR) should also be charged for treason in regards to war profiteering. I think we sorely need a 21st century Truman Committee, but that's getting off-topic.

11 November, 2006 15:54  
Blogger Mookie said...


Number 6 on your list was implied in in number 4, but it's good to point it out specifically.

13 November, 2006 10:02  

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