Every Democratic Presidential Candidate who has an active web site has a statement and/ or plan regarding the War in Iraq. There are differences of opinion as to how and when the troops should be withdraw, but all agree that the troops should come home. Some of the candidates have very detailed plans and they should all be read with open minds. The War In Iraq is one of the most serious issues of our time and whatever we do needs to be done after lots of study and hopefully, the War in Iraq will serve as a lesson for the future.
Senator Joseph R. “Joe” Biden Jr. Of Delaware
Senator Biden has and extensive and very detailed statement on his Democratic Presidential Candidates web site. In short, he says: “President Bush does not have a strategy for victory in Iraq. His strategy is to prevent defeat and to hand the problem off to his successor. As a result, more and more Americans understandably want a rapid withdrawal, even at the risk of trading a dictator for chaos and a civil war that could become a regional war. Both are bad alternatives.” He also has this outline for his plan on Iraq:1. Establish One Iraq, with Three Regions, 2. Share Oil Revenues, 3. Convene International Conference, Enforce Regional Non-Aggression Pact, 4. Responsibly Drawdown US Troops and
5. Increase Reconstruction Assistance and Create a Jobs Program
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York
Senator Clinton has a very detailed explanation of her position on the Iraq War on her Democratic Presidential Candidates web site. “America is ready for a leader who will end the war in Iraq and a president who will respect our Armed Forces by properly planning for the missions we ask our troops to undertake. If the Bush administration won’t, as president and commander in chief, Hillary will end this war.” Her main points from Hillary’s Iraq Troop Protection and Reduction Act of 2007 are : Require President Bush to begin removing the troops from Iraq within 90 days of passage, or Congress will revoke authorization for the war. Put an end to the blank check to the Iraqi government and give them real benchmarks with real consequences if they fail to meet them. Require the Secretary of Defense to certify that all troops sent to Iraq have the training and equipment they need.
Senator Christopher J. “Chris” Dodd of Connecticut
Senator Dodd has this statement on his Democratic Presidential Candidates web site regarding his stand on the War in Iraq: “End the War in Iraq Decisively. Chris Dodd understands that ending the war in Iraq makes America safer. He strongly supports the Feingold-Reid proposal – the only responsible measure in Congress that sets a timetable to end the war in Iraq by March 31, 2008 – and he has urged all the candidates in the presidential race to join him. It is time to stand up to the President’s misguided Iraq policy.”
Former Senator John R. Edwards of North Carolina
Senator Edwards has this statement on his Democratic Candidates web site regarding his stand on the War in Iraq.
“We can be proud of our long history of using our strength to fight for the freedom of others, but our standing in the world has been badly tarnished. America can once again be looked up to and respected around the world. The first step is by immediately withdrawing 40,000-50,000 troops from Iraq, with the complete withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq within 12-18 months — allowing the Iraqis to assume greater responsibility for rebuilding their own country.”
Former US Senator Maurice R. “Mike” Gravel of Virginia
Senator Gravel has a statement on his Democratic Presidential Candidates web site regarding his position on Iraq. He says, in part: “Senator Gravel’s position on Iraq remains clear and consistent: to commence an immediate and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. troops that will have them home within 60 days.””As President, Senator Gravel will call for a U.S. corporate withdrawal from Iraq and hand over reconstruction contracts to Iraqi businesses which will empower Iraqi nationals to reconstruct their own country.”
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio
Congressman Kucinich has a whole page of his Democratic Presidential Candidates web site devoted to his position on the War in Iraq. In part, he says: “In the past three years, the U.S. has subjected the world community to a doctrine of preventive, unilateral, and illegal first strikes against “forces of evil” that have not attacked us. America has maintained into perpetuity an obsession with overwhelming U.S. military superiority.”
Senator Barack H. Obama, Jr. Of Illinois
Senator Obama outlines his plan for ending the War in Iraq on his Democratic Presidential Candidates web site. Part of what he says is:” Senator Obama introduced legislation in January 2007 to offer a responsible alternative to President Bush’s failed escalation policy. The legislation commences redeployment of U.S. forces no later than May 1, 2007 with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008 — a date consistent with the bipartisan Iraq Study Group’s expectations. The plan allows for a limited number of U.S. troops to remain in Iraq as basic force protection, to engage in counter-terrorism and to continue the training of Iraqi security forces. If the Iraqis are successful in meeting the 13 benchmarks for progress laid out by the Bush Administration, this plan also allows for the temporary suspension of the redeployment, provided Congress agrees that the benchmarks have been met.”
Governor William B. “Bill” Richardson of New Mexico
Governor Richardson outlines his plan for Iraq on his Democratic Presidential Candidates web site. The main points of his plan are: De-Authorize the War Now, Troops Out in Six Months, No Residual Forces Left Behind, Promote Iraqi Reconciliation, Work With All Neighbors and Allies, Global Cooperation in Reconstruction and Redeploy to Address Real Threats.