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  •  The Bushies tell us Al Qaeda is defeated in Iraq. (7+ / 0-)

    Edgar, you need to read the whole withdrawal plan..it's really quite detailed and takes into account all contingencies.  I think you'd feel better about it if you had more complete info.

    •  The "Yes" Above Means (0+ / 0-)

      None.

      Is that true?

      I shouldn't have to read a Position Paper to find out that answer.

      "'Inevitable' is my word, not Mark Penn's" -- Ben Smith, Politico.com

      by Edgar08 on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 11:23:00 AM PST

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      •  None what? No combat troops? (3+ / 0-)
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        •  No Combat Troops (1+ / 0-)
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          And No Combat Operations.

          Oh.  I get it.  There will still be Combat Operations in Iraq, just not by troops "stationed" in Iraq.

          Sorry.

          "'Inevitable' is my word, not Mark Penn's" -- Ben Smith, Politico.com

          by Edgar08 on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 11:27:49 AM PST

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          •  Not sure what you're trying to get at, Edgar. (4+ / 0-)

            Edwards says he will end combat missions in Iraq.  He will withdraw combat troops in 9 or 10 months.  There will still be an embassy there, and diplomacy will intensify greatly and continue from day one.  
            If you disagree, that's fine.  But it is a plan.

            •  I'm Trying to Find out (1+ / 0-)
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              What he's going to do if Al Qaeda is thriving in a Post-Withdrawal Iraq.

              If he believes that's not going to happen, he should say so.  That means doing nothing is the right course of action.

              If he believe it will happen, then he should say "I believe we can conduct strikes on them without actually having Troops in Iraq."

              "'Inevitable' is my word, not Mark Penn's" -- Ben Smith, Politico.com

              by Edgar08 on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 11:36:47 AM PST

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              •  He believes Al Qaeda would never (3+ / 0-)
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                be allowed to exist in Iraq if we were not there.  As to your question - what if he's wrong, and Al Qaeda does flourish after we withdraw - I don't know.  TomP?  Anyone else know what Edwards has said about this?

                •  I've Never Seen a Statement as Such (1+ / 0-)
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                  From Edwards where he said "Al Qaeda will no longer exist in Iraq after we leave."

                  I haven't seen everything he's said though so it stands to reason I just missed it.

                  As I understood it there were three reasons to keep a Residual Force in Iraq.

                  1.  Track down Al Qaeda Terrorists (which has to be defined as a Combat Mission, but certainly doesn't qualify as patrolling a Civil War).
                  1.  Training.
                  1.  Protection of Diplomats.

                  This all made sense to me, and despite whatever lies narratives put out by the Edwards campaign, this has always been the position of Senator Clinton.

                  "'Inevitable' is my word, not Mark Penn's" -- Ben Smith, Politico.com

                  by Edgar08 on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 11:49:20 AM PST

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                  •  Sorry I had no firmer info to give you on this, (2+ / 0-)
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                    Edgar.  It's a legitimate question, and deserves an answer.  I'm going to see if I can find out, and maybe in the meantime one of the better informed here in this diary can give you a more complete answer.

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