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  •  Thank you for the eloquent and heartfelt diary (2+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, kestrel9000

    There are two things you said that I quibble with though.

    First:

    the United States military must redeploy as quickly and safely as possible

    Do you trust this president and the civilian military leadership to do this?  Are they capable of doing anything "quickly and safely"? I know short of impeachments that nothing else is possible now, but I dread the thought of all this president could further fuck up by being forced (if possible) to pull troops out of Iraq.

    Second:

    Even if it costs the Democrats the majority in both Houses and the Presidency in '08, it would be worth it to save all the lives that would be lost or decimated

    I don't see how not voting on this bill saves a single life.  This president is not going to pull out the troops, no matter what he has to do to keep them there.  He will never sign a bill to fund a pullout, so the only option is to not give him any more money, which is not only politically disastrous, I don't think it'd work.  I think he's just crazy enough to pull what money he needs from other places, leave the troops in the field with even less equipment and blame it all on someone else.

    I don't know how to go about it, especially in the current media environment, but the only way I see out of Iraq is to convince a vast majority of the public to vocally oppose this occupation and to then convince a large number of Republicans that this war needs to be ended now.

    Why won't you give the glasses-wearing security kittens a chance to work?

    by bawbie on Thu May 24, 2007 at 06:56:50 AM PDT

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