Presidential Hopefuls on Iraq

VIEWS ON IRAQ

Please note: All information in quotations comes from the official web page of the Presidential hopeful pictured to the left of the statement.

View: There should be a timetable for the removal of troops.

“Starting Phased Redeployment within Hillary’s First Days in Office: The most important part of Hillary’s plan is the first: to end our military engagement in Iraq’s civil war and immediately start bringing our troops home. As president, one of Hillary’s first official actions would be to convene the Joint Chiefs of Staff, her Secretary of Defense, and her National Security Council. She would direct them to draw up a clear, viable plan to bring our troops home starting with the first 60 days of her Administration. She would also direct the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to prepare a comprehensive plan to provide the highest quality health care and benefits to every service member — including every member of the National Guard and Reserves — and their families.” (Click here to Clinton’s page on Iraq.)

View: There should be a timetable for the removal of troops.

“There is no military solution to the chaos in Iraq. Instead, the Iraqi people must solve the problem politically by taking responsibility for their country. By leaving Iraq, America will prompt the Iraqi people, regional powers, and the entire international community to find the political solution that will end the sectarian violence and create a stable Iraq. We must show the Iraqis that we are serious about leaving by actually starting to leave, with an immediate withdrawal of 40,000-50,000 troops and a complete withdrawal within nine to ten months. We should leave behind in Iraq only a brigade of 3,500 to 5,000 troops to protect the embassy and possibly a few hundred troops to guard humanitarian workers. ” (Click here to see Edwards’s page on Iraq.)

View: U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes for Iraqi forces to take over.

“Rudy Giuliani believes winning the war on terror is the great responsibility of our generation. America cannot afford to go back to the days of playing defense, with inconsistent responses to terrorist attacks, because weakness only encourages aggression. Americans want peace. We’re at war not because we want to be, but because the terrorists declared war on us—well before the attacks of September 11th. Rudy understands that freedom is going to win this war of ideas. America will win the war on terror.” (Click here to watch comments from Giuliani’s page on Iraq.)

View: U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes for Iraqi forces to take over.

“A greater military commitment now is necessary if we are to achieve long-term success in Iraq. John McCain agrees with retired Army General Jack Keane that there are simply not enough American forces in Iraq. More troops are necessary to clear and hold insurgent strongholds; to provide security for rebuilding local institutions and economies; to halt sectarian violence in Baghdad and disarm Sunni and Shia militias; to dismantle al Qaeda; to train the Iraqi Army; and to embed American personnel in Iraqi police units. Accomplishing each of these goals will require more troops and is a crucial prerequisite for needed economic and political development in the country. America’s ultimate strategy is to give Iraqis the capabilities to govern and secure their own country. ” (Click here to see McCain’s page on Iraq.)

View: There should be a timetable for the removal of troops.

Obama has a plan to immediately begin withdrawing our troops engaged in combat operations at a pace of one or two brigades every month, to be completed by the end of next year. He would call for a new constitutional convention in Iraq, convened with the United Nations, which would not adjourn until Iraq’s leaders reach a new accord on reconciliation. He would use presidential leadership to surge our diplomacy with all of the nations of the region on behalf of a new regional security compact. And he would take immediate steps to confront the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Iraq.” (Click here to see Obama’s page on Iraq.)

View: U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes for Iraqi forces to take over.

“Across the nation, there is debate about our future course in Iraq. Our desire to bring our troops home, safely and soon, is met with our recognition that if Iraq descends into all-out civil war, millions could die; that Iraq’s Sunni region could become a base for Al Qaeda; that its Shia region could be seized by Iran; that Kurd tension could destabilize Turkey; and even that the broader Middle East could be drawn into conflict. The possible implications for America and for American interests from such developments could be devastating. It could mean a future with far more military involvement and far more loss of American life. For these reasons, I believe that so long as there is a reasonable prospect of success, our wisest course is to seek stability in Iraq, with additional troops endeavoring to secure the civilian population. (Click here for Romney’s page.)

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2 responses to “Presidential Hopefuls on Iraq

  1. Dustin, Glad to see you are posting at your Blog again!How wonderful that you have posted such a concise “reference” on the most important issue(at least to me!), and that is:
    WHERE do the candidates stand concerning Iraq?(as well as all possible future military action)
    I will be checking “updates” here!
    Check out my “report” on the Dems’ Debate–I posted it just a few days ago, at My Blog, at:
    http://www.lisaallender.com
    Continued success Blogging!

  2. Lisa, I plan to do this repeat this sort of post on different topics every couple of weeks. I’m glad you enjoyed this entry.

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