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    what is his position?

    I wish I had a penis on the back of my head.

    by anna in philly on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 12:22:35 PM PST

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    •  Clark's plan is about diplomatic strategy. (none)
      'Resolve' on Iraq Is Fine, but We Also Need a Plan

      Letter to the Editor
      Wall Street Journal

      In your June 30 editorial "Wanted: A Constructive Opposition," following
      the president's speech on Iraq, you chided me and a number of other Democrats for simply critiquing the president's plan rather than offering our own. Your criticisms are both incorrect and misplaced.

      I and others have offered our plans again and again. We called for a diplomatic strategy in the region -- rather than relying wholly on threats and warning -- more and better equipped U.S. forces focused on training the Iraqis, and a more intensive effort to promote political and economic development in Iraq. I first articulated my plans in my 2003 book, "Winning Modern Wars," and continued to propose a better approach throughout the presidential campaign.

      But no matter: It is the duty of the president to propose a plan that works, and to explain it and win the support of the people. Instead, as casualties mount and Americans begin to doubt, all the president does is call for "resolve."

      I'm all for resolve -- I lived it during my tour in Vietnam. But Americans are beginning to understand that success in Iraq requires more than just resolve: It requires an effective plan, sufficient resources and effective execution of political, economic and diplomatic efforts, not just great "soldiering."

      We in the loyal opposition are doing our duty by pointing out shortfalls
      in the president's approach.

      Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark

      Also, full plan here:

      Succeeding in Iraq:

      'The true axis of evil in America is the brilliance of our marketing combined with the stupidity of our people.' Bill Maher

      by pelican on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 01:27:02 PM PST

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