Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Candidate Review - The Iraq War - Chris Dodd

There's one thing that's been niggling me all day, and Chris Dodd has finally brought it out into the open, with his page on the Iraq War.
Chris Dodd understands that making America more secure starts with ending the Iraq war responsibly. It’s made us less secure, more vulnerable and more isolated. Our country’s men and women in uniform have performed heroically – but George Bush’s policy has failed.

But to end the war, we need clear, bold actions, and leadership that has the experience and judgment to recognize there’s only one way to responsibly end this war:

To set a firm deadline tied to funding.

It may not be an easy thing to say – but it’s the right thing to do. For our troops. For our security and standing in the world.
Now here's my problem with this. While this is indeed a smart position, it is not a Presidential position. This is a way for the Congress to stop the war. And as a Congressional approach, it's very good. And it's a bit of a mystery why Obama, Clinton, Edwards, and other Congressional Candidates aren't pursuing it further.

Clinton, Edwards and Obama told us what they would do if they were president, or what they will do if elected President. One is hypothetical; the other is more than a year away. Dodd is telling us what he wants to do, right now, to end the war. I don't know, it kind of makes Dodd look good in comparison.

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