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Hillary Clinton: US Can’t Leave Iraq “Arrogantly”

From France’s AFP:

Clinton slams “arrogance” of US Iraq strategy

Thu Aug 2

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton Thursday warned that a US withdrawal from Iraq must not duplicate the “arrogance and incompetence” she said marred the 2003 invasion.

Senator Clinton was joined by defeated 2004 Democratic nominee Senator John Kerry to introduce a bill requiring the Pentagon to keep Congress informed about contingency planning to safely withdraw 160,000 US troops.

We must not redeploy out of Iraq with the same combination of arrogance and incompetence with which the Bush administration exhibited deploying into Iraq,” Clinton told reporters.

We did not have a smart plan to go in, but we will do everything in our power to be sure we have a smart plan to get out.”

Clinton wrote the legislation after a spat with the Pentagon over planning for troop withdrawals, which saw a senior civilian defense official accuse her of aiding enemy propaganda.

“Withdrawing troops from Iraq will be dangerous and difficult,” Clinton said.

“We must oversee the Bush administration, as the Constitution demands, and four years of mistakes and mismanagement in Iraq require.”

Kerry, who co-sponsored the bill said poor planning by the Bush administration had cost US lives.

“This administration has made planning a dirty word,” he said…

It’s not enough that the Democrats want to tell us when to “cut and run.” They want to tell us how.

We must not redeploy out of Iraq with the same combination of arrogance and incompetence with which the Bush administration exhibited deploying into Iraq…

Is Ms. Rodham unaware that the invasion of Iraq was predicted by all the experts (like herself) to cost at least 10,000 American lives and to take months?

Instead, it was one of the most spectacularly successful invasions of a country in history. (Perhaps second only to the First Gulf War.)

The problems occurred long after the military victory had been accomplished. Just like the disasters of an early withdraw will not happen during the pullout, but in the months and years afterwards.

But Mrs. Bill Clinton was never much a details person. Nor is her accomplice, Mr. Kerry.

This is the same Solon who confidently assured the US Senate that “cutting and running” from Vietnam would cost only a few thousand lives.

From Mr. Kerry’s historic testimony:



Washington, D.C.

Mr. KERRY.  …The number two man at the Saigon talks to Ambassador Lam was asked by the Concerned Laymen, who visited with them in Paris last month, how long they felt they could survive if the United States would pull out and his answer was 1 week. So I think clearly we do have to face this question. But I think, having done what we have done to that country, we have an obligation to offer sanctuary to the perhaps 2,000, 3,000 people who might face, and obviously they would, we understand that, might face political assassination or something else. But my feeling is that those 3,000 who may have to leave that country

Senator AIKEN. I think your 3,000 estimate might be a little low because we had to help 800,000 find sanctuary from North Vietnam after the French lost at Dienbienphu. But assuming that we resettle the members of the Saigon government, who would undoubtedly be in danger, in some other area, what do you think would be the attitude, of the large, well-armed South Vietnamese army and the South Vietnamese people? Would they be happy to have us withdraw or what?

Mr. KERRY. Well, Senator, this, obviously is the most difficult question of all, but I think that at this point the United States is not really in a position to consider the happiness of those people as pertains to the army in our withdrawal. We have to consider the happiness of the people as pertains to the life which they will be able to lead in the next few years.

If we don’t withdraw, if we maintain a Korean-type presence in South Vietnam, say 50,000 troops or something, with strategic bombing raids from Guam and from Japan and from Thailand dropping these 15,000 pound fragmentation bombs on them, et cetera, in the next few years, then what you will have is a people who are continually oppressed, who are continually at warfare, and whose problems will not at all be solved because they will not have any kind of representation.

The war will continue. So what I am saying is that yes, there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America

Mr. Kerry was only off by a few million deaths.

And speaking of arrogance, have you ever noticed how often Ms. Rodham accuses the United States of “arrogance”?

Doctor Freud would call it textbook projection.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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