Like her or not, candidate Clinton has asked a good question. What are the logistical plans being drawn up for withdrawal of our troops from Iraq? For that she has been patronized by the Pentagon and pilloried by her competitors. It is being read a couple of ways. From the Pentagon's point they would be aiding the enemy by divulging such if indeed plans are under consideration. Another read is that no such plans are in the works.
I would like to see her take the question a bit further. What does the administration plan to do to quell the rising incidents of Islamic terror world wide? Keeping our troops bogged down in street fighting in Iraq isn't going to cut it.
Is it not time to get beyond the fact the candidates did not do their due diligence before voting on this war? What's done is done. I'm far more interested in knowing their ideas on sorting out the mess. The violence and the movement has long since spilled over the Iraqi borders. The truth is the war opened Iraq to it. Western nations are more and more at risk. We're facing a brutal and bloody battle world wide that has a more public face with each day that passes.
When a fellow candidate, John Edwards, sends forth his wife to question if Hillary is "lady" enough for the Presidency I cringe. How would he like it if his credentials were judged by his primping video on You Tube or his $400 hair cut?
I understand the absurdities of politics. It's all part of the theater we've grown so used to we're immune to. Let's move cots onto the senate floor and have pizza sent in. Let's hold hearings. Let's take non-binding votes. Let's spin our wheels and accomplish nothing. It's easier than legislating. And get off the Iraqi's backs about taking August off. So is Congress. They haven't met the benchmarks. We best remember the benchmarks are ours. Not theirs. And they do not have one bit of interest in meeting many of them.
Come on. What we are facing as citizens of the world, the politics of power and ideology, is no joke. We had better take these upcoming elections as seriously as we've ever taken anything. And so had the candidates.