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Hillary vs. the General

Posted on Nov 15, 2006

Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation’s security.  Sen. Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: “Hope is not a strategy. ... I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that. Nobody disagrees with that. The brutal fact is, it is not happening.”

Reuters via Yahoo!:

WASHINGTON—The top U.S. general in the Middle East said on Wednesday violence in Iraq was unacceptably high but Iraqis, not American troops, must solve the problem.

In the military’s first appearance on Capitol Hill since voters drove President George W. Bush’s Republicans out of power in the next Congress, Army Gen. John Abizaid rejected suggestions that troops levels should be changed at all.

“I believe more American forces prevent the Iraqis from doing more, taking more responsibility for their future,” Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee.


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By D., November 16, 2006 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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Question:  What is the Bush Administration’s Iraq strategy?
Answer:  To insist that the war-torn Iraqis clean up a problem that the Bush Administration created in the first place, then hasn’t been able to clean up with 147,000 troops and hundreds of billions of dollars.

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By mrJJ, November 16, 2006 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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Report: Iraqi government orders arrest of top Sunni cleric
BAGHDAD (CNN)—The Iraqi Interior Ministry on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Hareth al-Dhari, who heads the influential Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars, a group of top Sunni religious leaders, military officials said.

Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf told CNN the warrant accuses al-Dhari of violating Iraq’s antiterrorism law by inciting sectarian violence and killings.

Al-Dhari has been a strong critic of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shiite-dominated government. (Posted 4:05 p.m.)

Since were supposedly backing the Shiite Govt.. I guess our boys are in the middle of this crap…

This is gonna be a big bloody civil war.

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By R. A. Earl, November 16, 2006 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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Hey Bluestocking… I “hope” you are offering us a little sarcasm by making a tongue-in-cheek remark…

“THAT is an absolutely wonderful and very perceptive quote (by Hillary Clinton).  “Hope is not a strategy”—BRILLIANT!”

... because Hillary certainly didn’t invent it. I’ve heard it for years from a dozen sources.

Only Iraquis fully understand their “problems” and I suggest that only Iraquis have any chance of finding a workable resolution to it, and that’s in the off-chance they even want to solve them. Sometimes entire nations get off on keeping the pot boiling internally!

It is laughable for Americans, who, in general, know almost NOTHING about other cultures and societies, to even suggest they can “help.” Sure they can go in with “all guns a’blazin’” but when the dust settles they haven’t a clue what to do to repair the “collateral” damage they’ve caused in the process.

I believe the evidence amply demonstrates that Americans have screwed up more sovereign nations in the last century than they’ve “helped.” Americans should take a break from sticking their armies of ignorance in other peoples’ business and let other nations solve their own problems. These other nations couldn’t possibly do worse, could they?

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By joe, November 16, 2006 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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The general has to go. We need to get out of there yesterday.

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By Georgia Whitman, November 16, 2006 at 2:45 am Link to this comment
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This Iraq straegy at work in middle America: you don’t like the color of your neighbors house, so you destroy it. When your neighbor complains you say, well the problem is yours now, so fix it.

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By Bluestocking, November 15, 2006 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not a huge admirer of Hillary, even though I’m one of her constituents and voted for her—but I have to say, THAT is an absolutely wonderful and very perceptive quote.  “Hope is not a strategy”—BRILLIANT!

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