Another reason to be sorry Russ Feingold isn’t going to run for president in 2008

December 7, 2006

Feingold on the Iraq Study Group report:

The fact is this commission was composed apparently entirely of people who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place, and did not have the judgment to realize it was not a wise move in the fight against terrorism. So that’s who is doing this report. Then I looked at the list of who testified before them. There is virtually no one who opposed the war in the first place. Virtually no one who has been really calling for a different strategy that goes for a global approach to the war on terrorism. So this is really a Washington inside job and it shows not in the description of what’s happened – that’s fairly accurate – but it shows in the recommendations. It’s been called a classic Washington compromise that does not do the job of extricating us from Iraq in a way that we can deal with the issues in Southeast Asia, in Afghanistan, and in Somalia which are every bit as important as what is happening in Iraq. This report does not do the job and it’s because it was not composed of a real representative group of Americans who believe what the American people showed in the election, which is that it’s time for us to have a timetable to bring the troops out of Iraq.

Actually, the good senator has correctly identified one half of the problem but missed the other. The second half of the problem is that the pundits who squealed and swooned and waved pompoms while Bush played Hick Churchill are largely the same pundits talking about the responsible course of action in Iraq.

The ISG report says we should keep letting our soldiers die in Iraq until about the first quarter of 2008, “subject to unexpected developments in the security situation on the ground.” That’s nonsense. The responsible course of action is to get out right now.


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