Democrats favour exit from Iraq

January 6, 2007

Led by Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate, the Democrats have warned President Bush about increasing troop levels in Iraq.

“No issue is more important than finding an end to the war in Iraq,” states a letter to George Bush by Pelosi and Reid.

While the US President has of late veered away from the idea of an exit from Iraq, it now seems that the Democrats may push the President back to that strategy. They see a surge of troops as a strategy that has already been tried and has failed.

With other countries slowly pulling their troops from Iraq (Slovakia does so in February), and an imminent change of leadership in Britain, it’s clear that the US may end up alone to handle the difficult situation created in Iraq.

Unless the US has other plans in the region — like threatening Iran — then the Democrats may have a point. Since the war began, the strategy of Britain and the US has basically been one of increasing troops. But Iraq will not be solved with the massive presence of military; Iraq needs significant aid, as well as close cooperation with its neighbors. And whether the US likes it or not, Syria and Iran are part of the neighborhood and are important players in the region.

If President Talabani can get along with Iran, then the US should not be exclusively favoring PM Maliki as has been the case in recent weeks. It was Talabani who visited Tehran in late November to discuss how Iran could help. With Iraq’s restored diplomatic relations with Syria, the Iraqi President already has an invitation to visit Damascus.

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3 Responses to “Democrats favour exit from Iraq”


  1. HI THERE.

    AS A FRENCH CANADIAN, I FULLY EXPECT THE NOTION OF NEVER FIRING A RIFLE AND ONLY DROPPING IT ONCE APPEALS TO YOU.

    I ALSO SUSPECT YOUR INCLINATION TO HATE AMERICAS DOMINANCE IN THE WORLD AND LONGING FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF STALINIST SOVIET STYLE SOCIALISM REFLECTS YOUR FRENCH SIDE AS WELL.

    YOU PLACE TOO MUCH FAITH IN THE DEMOCRATS IN AMERICA. THEY ARE A WANDERING, LOOSELY KNIT BAND…A COALITION OF ODDITIES, EXPERIENCED AT PANDERING BUT WITH LITTLE PRACTICE AT LEADING.

    ACCOMODATING THEIR HOMEGROWN AMERICA HATING COMRADES DRIVES THE RUSH TO ABANDON IRAQ. ONLY A FOOL WOULD IMAGINE THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING.

    PLAN ON AN EXTENDED STAY, SOME AMOUNT OF IMPROVEMENT FOLLOWING THE SURGE OF TROOPS AND A DECLINE FOLLOWING FRESH ATTACKS HERE IN THE STATES.

    CLEVER HOW YOU DISGUISE YOUR POSITION AND PRETEND TO BE A JOURNALIST OF SORTS. THATS NOT EASY TO FAKE. IN AMERICA, THE “JOURNALISTS” DONT EVEN TRY ANYMORE.

  2. Leonidas Says:

    icanplainlysee, well said, you took the words right out of my mouth! I have nothing to add…


  3. Dear I Can Plainly See,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    I wanted to clarify that I don’t place blind trust in the Democrats. I don’t know what the best solution in Iraq is, but the Democrats happen to think that the “surge option” is not the best way to go. And that’s the beauty of the American Democracy, that you can have a Republican Executive checked by a Democratic Legislature. Isn’t it great that different ideas for Iraq are being offered and that President Bush has to adapt or convince the Democrats of his way? Another thing I love about the US is that there is limited party discipline and the Democrats can exist as a party and be loosely knit. We don’t have that in Canada and in other British Parliamentary systems which elect candidates on a first-past-the-post basis (and thus favor fewer parties than a PR vote would).

    I personally anticipate President Bush’s announcement this week, because until he delivers the new strategy, we won’t know what it is. The BBC may have reports, but all can change in a few days. And with the Democrats’ letter in place, I think President Bush has an opportunity to make an unexpected move. We’ll see though, I don’t want to speculate too much.

    As far as journalism is concerned. I started this blog because I missed doing the work I did when studying political science. At the same time, I began getting involved with Montreal’s CKUT Radio, reporting on some local stories at first, and later doing more broader topics.

    The thing with blogging is that opinions are what make the blogosphere so interesting. It makes no sense for me to post on a story widely covered by the BBC or the New York Times, if I don’t have anything new to say or don’t have some limited analysis of the event. For some events that I have access to and which are not as widely covered by mainstream media, I am able to post more of the story and less of analysis. This was the case with my report on Jaggi Singh’s bail hearing. When I attended Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s press conference, I got a story which also differed from the mainstream, because CKUT allows for more than soundbyte reporting.

    So what is Blogue North? It’s news, opinion and analysis. And I’m slowly starting to integrate some cultural things, with a couple of interviews with musicians and an interview with a creator of an all-female trivia game. It’s always great to receive responses like yours to have those different opinions expressed. I hope you’ll be coming back.

    Dmitri


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