Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Kerry's Plan II

Yesterday, I laid out a 9 point plan to get it right in Iraq. Here are 3 steps the President can take this weekend to start getting it right in Iraq and ensure greater security for our troops.


1) The President heads to Europe this weekend. He needs to bring home more commitments from our allies to shore up Iraq's borders, invest more in reconstruction and do more training of Iraqi troops. A secure and stable Iraq is in the best interest of every nation across Europe and the Middle East.

2) Send a message across the Middle East that Iraq's neighbor countries must do more to stop the rise of terrorism in Iraq. We need countries like Saudi Arabia to keep their commitment to help pay for reconstruction efforts in Iraq so the Iraqi people get electricity, water and better roads.

We also need help from Iraq's neighbors in shoring up the borders so foreign fighters and terrorists can't get in and can't get out. The President needs to take his tough message to the region and enlist support for our mission. The best way to stop the growth of terrorism is by enlisting more Arab allies.

3) Truly honor our troops' sacrifices in Iraq by immediately covering the one billion dollar shortfall in funding for veterans care this year here at home and increasing funding for armor and necessary supplies for our troops over in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He's right. Unless these steps are taken immediately the effort will continue to flounder.

4 Comments:

Blogger Peter L. Winkler said...

Kerry's plan is empty talk. With the exception of Britain, the major European powers have decided they want nothing to do with our war in Iraq. They said no. What doesn't Kerry understand about "No?"

The rest of the countries in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, are either indifferent to us or actively hostile. They won't help us.

Kerry is running for President again, and this is part of his campaign. This was his Iraq plan in the 2004 campaign, and it didn't buy enough votes for him then.

Voting for Kucinich (I have to confrim the spelling) was a vote in favor of someone with the correct position. There is no point in voting for someone who, if they get elected, will do things you don't support. Kerry was a terrible candidate and lost. If he had won, his actual Iraq policy would be no diferent than Bush's, as we'd still be in Iraq. As a matter of fact, Kerry said we should send more troops there.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I just don't buy it. His facts line up with Biden and the others. Involve the Saudi's, Jordanians and the Turks. Get NATO in. Your way is pie-in-sky. Bush stuck us there others will have to help get us out.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous john said...

mark, i can agree with some of what you say here. on the points:

1.) this is also pie-in-the-sky, as you said to peter. it's easy to say "get europe to help", but not so easy to do.

2.) even more pie. these goals are fundamental. if they could be achieved so easily, they already would have been. we work with what we have, which is a lot of lip service from surrounding arab nations and not enough action.

3.) i agree here. spend whatever money is necessary to take care of our veterans and troops on the ground.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

On the contrary they haven't even been tried.

7:46 AM  

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