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Hillary: US Must Stay In Iraq For Its Interests

From her cheerleaders at the New York Times:

Clinton Sees Some Troops Staying in Iraq if She Is Elected

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and PATRICK HEALY

March 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, March 14 — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton foresees a “remaining military as well as political mission” in Iraq, and says that if elected president, she would keep a reduced but significant military force there to fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military.

In a half-hour interview on Tuesday in her Senate office, Mrs. Clinton said the scaled-down American military force that she would maintain in Iraq after taking office would stay off the streets in Baghdad and would no longer try to protect Iraqis from sectarian violence — even if it descended into ethnic cleansing.

In outlining how she would handle Iraq as commander in chief, Mrs. Clinton articulated a more-nuanced position than the one she has provided at her campaign events, where she has backed the goal of “bringing the troops home.”

She said in the interview that there were “remaining vital national security interests in Iraq” that would require a continuing deployment of American troops.

The United States’ security would be undermined if parts of Iraq turned into a failed state “that serves as a petri dish for insurgents and Al Qaeda,” she said. “It is right in the heart of the oil region. It is directly in opposition to our interests, to the interests of regimes, to Israel’s interests.”

So I think it will be up to me to try to figure out how to protect those national security interests and continue to take our troops out of this urban warfare, which I think is a loser,” Mrs. Clinton added. She declined to estimate the number of American troops she would keep in Iraq, saying she would draw on the advice of the military officers who would have to carry out the strategy…

What an amazing flip-flop.

How is Mrs. Clinton’s position in any significant way different from what President Bush has been maintaining?

Except that Mrs. Clinton has no problems with “ethnic cleansing.” Which is yet another about-face from her position on Kosovo.

So I think it will be up to me to try to figure out how to protect those national security interests and continue to take our troops out of this urban warfare, which I think is a loser…

So what is Mrs. Clinton’s plan?

Of course she doesn’t have one. We are just supposed to trust her that one will suddenly occur once she is elected.

The New York Times has graciously provided a transcript of their historic interview with our designated future president here.

By the way, note our previously reported Democrat "halo effect" once again at work in the NYT photograph at the top.

The pious photographers of the AP couldn’t resist the opportunity either.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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