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  •  Webb with respect to the Iraq War . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    in 2003 . . .

    "Heading for Trouble (Do We Really Want to Occupy Iraq for the Next 30 Years)"

    America's best military leaders know that they are accountable to history not only for how they fight wars, but also for how they prevent them.  The greatest military victory of our time -- bringing an expansionist Soviet Union in from the cold while averting a nuclear holocaust -- was accomplished not by an invasion but through decades of intense maneuvering and continuous operations.  With respect to the situation in Iraq, they are conscious of two realities that seem to have been lost in the narrow debate about Saddam Hussein himself.  The first reality is that wars often have unintended consequences -- ask the Germans, who in World War I were convinced that they would defeat the French in exactly 42 days.  The second is that a long-term occupation of Iraq would beyond doubt require an adjustment of force levels elsewhere, and could eventually diminish American influence in other parts of the world.

    Webb was not for an escalation of the war in Iraq -- he was consistently pushing for an exit strategy.  Much like Obama though, he argued that there needed to be a deliberate draw-down strategy.

    On foreign policy his judgments tended to be sound more often than not.

    •  Gates would retire much sooner if he knew (0+ / 0-)

      that Webb would replace him as SecDef.  Webb's  nomination hearing would be a perfect situation to prove that the GOP hasn't a clue about how to protect our national security.

      "Never let up. Crush bigotry and greed."

      by LouisMartin on Wed Feb 09, 2011 at 12:26:30 PM PST

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    •  Whatever his words, (0+ / 0-)

      his votes have been to continue to finance the wars.  And in what way can Obama's Afghanistan policy be considered a drawdown?  OK, there's sortof a drawdown in Iraq - but there will continue to be 50,000 troops, the biggest "embassy" in the world, and gods only know how many contractors.  

      Fine words. Intelligent words. Reasonable words. But he's still supporting the wars.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Wed Feb 09, 2011 at 02:06:16 PM PST

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