Jim Pederson on War & Peace
PEDERSON: I didn't say `get out'. We have a regional responsibility there. That region of the word, the entire Mideast, presents the biggest threat to the US of any locale in the world. This administration has a deer-in-the-headlights look when it comes to any end-game regarding our activities in Iraq, and Sen. Kyl has gone along with the administration every step of the way. The insurgents are gaining strength, and we're actually going backwards in Iraq.
KYL: My opponent just said he did not say `get out'. In one of his ads he says `I won't cut-and-run'. But he said on July 5, `Let's just retreat to a safe and secure place.' If he's going to complain about the leadership in this war, imagine him saying that to Marines. That's not leadership calculated to win. He's got a plan to get out, but he doesn't have a plan to win.
Iraq needs to be more than a political football. Jim wants to focus on what we can do now to help our troops finish the job - and come home. They're not being given the support they need to get the job done.
Iraq needs to be more than a political football. Jim wants to focus on what we can do now to help our troops finish the job - and come home. There are more than 168,000 American soldiers - and 3,300 Arizonans - serving bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they're not being given the support they need to get the job done.
Jim will support our troops and give them the tools they need. He also knows we need to give our soldiers some relief from long deployments while giving battle commanders the flexibility they need.
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