Scott Jameson on War & Peace
RADNOFSKY: We are destabilizing Iraq by our presence. The NIE indicates as such, and British generals indicate as such. By withdrawing, we will allow international immediate withdrawal from Iraq. As far as I can tell, we still do have a role there.
HUTCHISON: I can't think of anything worse than America cutting-and-running because times are tough. I think it would hurt our troops. We need to support them, and make sure they have the cover they need. We must never cut-and-run. That would shred the credibility of America. The NIE says we are destabilizing the al-Qaeda leadership. The worst thing we could do is appear to leave and give terrorists a victory.
HUTCHISON: It is clear it is not going well in Iraq, and we should come up with ideas. One of the things we should put on the table as an option is semi-autonomous regions. This is provided for in the constitution of Iraq, and the parliament of Iraq has set out a process. The Sunnis reject that idea, because they're worried about not having the oil revenue, but that can be handled as well.
JAMESON: I am upset for the way the Iraq war is funded. It is inappropriate to fund a war on a constant emergency basis, because Congressmen can add in extra appropriations and pork barrel spending that they know will get passed.
Q: d) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
A: Yes. [In addition], We need a timeline with specific goals and dates towards an exit from Iraq. Unless we are planning on annexing Iraq as a state we must exit ASAP or be legitimately labeled as imperialists. If we need to send more troops to finish the task then lets do so now..
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