Posted on June 28th, 2007 by lex
For those who don’t keep track of comments ** , this read by J.D. Johannes is well worth your time:
In his Senate-floor speech Monday, Senator Richard Lugar announced, “In my judgment, our course in Iraq has lost contact with our vital national security interests in the Middle East and beyond…The prospects that the current ‘surge’ strategy will succeed in the way originally envisioned by the president are very limited within the short period framed by our own domestic-policy debate.”
The Indiana Republican endorses a downsizing and redeployment of the U.S. military mission in Iraq as an essential precondition to reasserting these vital national-security interests, which he defines thus:
1) To prevent any piece of Iraq from being a terrorist safe haven;
2) To prevent Iraqi sectarian violence from spilling over into any other parts of the region;
3) To prevent Iranian domination of the region; and
4) To prevent a loss of U.S. credibility in the region.
All four of these goals are being advanced, some of them dramatically, by the surge strategy of Gen. David Petraeus — the very strategy that Sen. Lugar would scrap in favor of “downsizing and redeployment.”
Read the whole thing**, etc.
** 09-15-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.