Saturday, December 16, 2006

Richardson to McCain: "You're Wrong"

Senator John McCain of Arizona thinks that the way to win in Iraq is for the U.S. to send more troops and leave a trail of blood (ours and theirs) as we roll through the country. This morning in New Hampshire, Governor Richardson took the opportunity to let Senator McCain know that he's wrong.
“The leading advocate for escalating the war is Senator John McCain. I have served with John in Congress and I respect him. But John McCain is wrong, dead wrong to think that we can solve Iraq’s political crisis through military escalation.”

“There are no quick or easy answers to the crisis in Iraq. Our choices are between bad options and worse ones. Some prefer military escalation. Some choose staying the course. These options are illusions. The only realistic choice we have is to stand down militarily and let the Iraqis stand up and face the political crisis which only they can resolve.”

“I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan. I worked in this region...we should harbor no illusions. This withdrawal will not be pretty. People will die. But fewer will die than if we stay. There are no guarantees that our departure will end the civil war, but it is sure to continue so long as we stay. The Iraqis might, or might not, resolve their political crisis. It is up to them. They distrust and fear one another, and this makes it very tough. But they share one goal – they don’t want to destroy their own country. To save it, they need to stop killing each other and start compromising. And we need to get out of the way.”

What Senator McCain is doing is pandering to the neo-cons and religious right, in order to position himself to be the Republican nominee for President. Bill Richardson, on the other hand, has called for a new realism in American foreign policy, recognizing that staying the course or escalating the war is only going to result in more deaths on all sides and continued violence. John McCain prefers political expedience over real solutions. Bill Richardson's new realism calls for doing what is right for America.

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