August 17, 2005
Cut & Run Russ
Sen. Russ Feingold wants U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of 2006. Wishful, anti-war thinking, yes. But completely ignorant of the real world and history. Most U.S. troops will leave when President Bush and the Iraqi government think Iraq can defend itself. I'm sure Bush would like nothing more than to pull out thousands of troops, get them rested and restocked, and ready as a nice hefty stick to threaten Iran and/or North Korea. As for history, we invaded Germany and Japan 60 years ago. Guess what? We're still there. I'd hope there'd be American bases in Iraq for years to come. Liberty and representative government in the Middle East will be a long-term process. A permanent American presence would facilitate that.
Feingold really wants to run for President and has given himself plenty of room to wiggle out of his headline grabber:
While Feingold is proposing a deadline for American troop withdrawal, he says it can be a flexible deadline.
So Feingold wants a deadline to kiss up to the MoveOn.org Bush-bashing anti-war activists while trying to remain realistic. It's a deadline but not really.
"Feingold Seeks Troop Withdrawal"
"Feingold Proposing Target 'End Date' for Withdrawal"
"Feingold goes Deaniac"