14 August 2007

Twenty-First Tuesday Topic

Do you trust any of the current United States Presidential candidates to end the war?

Where do you think the standing of the war will be by January 20, 2009?



At 16 August, 2007 09:31 , Red Valley said...

I trust Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel to end the war, if elected. And I trust the former to do so in the most appropriate fashion: with reparations, just reconstruction and reconciliation processes, international peacekeepers, and guaranteed political and economic sovereignty for Iraq. Mr. Gravel may only do some of these things (although he will wholly respect Iraqi sovereignty). I don't trust any of the other Democratic or Republican candidates to get us out of Iraq without leaving "residual forces" of some 50,000 in place and private contractors on the ground, for obvious reasons: that's exactly what they're pledging to do. Oh, I guess Ron Paul might get us out of Iraq, but he's otherwise just generally such a reactionary that I really can't bring myself to support his campaign. We need to start thinking about secondary options, like third party or independent candidates because there is a possibility that someone with a non-committal position on the war will win the Democratic nomination.

With regard to where we'll be on January 20, 2009 on Iraq, I'll speculate troop levels of around 100,000 with still fewer 'allies' backing us up in the Coalition.

At 16 August, 2007 20:08 , Anonymous said...

I agree with red valley that Kucinich is the only one with the nerve to stand up for the rights of those we have wrongfully attacked.
The only avenue to world peace is for us to stop the war. We should lead by example. Kucinich will demonstrate to all that we are willing to commit our resources to boister these wronged countries in return for their respect.
Kucinich should talk more of his support for the UN. When the world sees that we are committed to non agression and commmit our resources to their success, then and only then will our guilt be assuaged.

At 18 September, 2007 04:33 , Ted said...

I believe Kucinich, Gravel and Paul would end the war.

None can be elected.

Number of Operations Iraq Freedom and Enduring Freedom casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 4199


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