Tuesday, November 22, 2005
''How Do We Get Out of Iraq?''
"Yesterday, for the first time, Iraqis collectively called for the withdrawal of foreign troops on a timetable. But Sunni, Shiite and Kurd leaders did not specify when that might be. Last week Representative John Murtha called for a six month timetable on withdrawing U.S. troops. He says the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. Murtha says the U.S. troops are the primary target of the insurgency. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says withdrawal plans send a message to terrorists — that if they wait, they can prevail. Should there be a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq or is it a mistake to talk about bringing home the troops when security is so bad that no one can safely drive from downtown Baghdad to the airport?"-listen to today's show in the KUOW archives. Guests include Jim McDermott and Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.). Hat tip to Susan Hu on Booman Tribune. Gen. William Odom (ret.) has posted this, "What’s wrong with cutting and running?" Tidbit: "Everything that opponents of a pullout say would happen if the U.S. left Iraq is happening already, says retired Gen. William E. Odom, the head of the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration. So why stay?"