We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
She now says she wants an Iraq troop draw-down in 90 days. Thus she joins the "Victory Team" of Pelosi, Murtha, Schumer, Kerry, Kennedy, et al.
I believe that this is both unwise for the country and unwise politically. There are still people around who recall the final Vietnam debacle as a sort of political victory, and long to relive it. I do not believe that this attitude will fly today.
What is it all about? Politically, the Dems require a defeat in Iraq, and will do anything in their power to achieve it. A bloodbath in Iraq would be a Victory - a ticket to the White House.
And worry about Jihad later, comfortable in the knowledge that the press would go very gentle on any Dem war against Jihadist moves against the US. I can just see the NYT headlines now: "Dem International Muscularity Redefines the Party."
I am no expert and have no experience but by looking at the map, I think that Mosul and the North of Iraq are the most important strategic areas. We seem to have secured those areas and we should not leave. Turkey proved itself unreliable as a base and Kurdistan encompasses a very strategic area as regards the entire ME. And I think that if Mosul and Basra can function, the terrorists in Baghdad can not stop the commerce that the country needs to function. Also the terrorists in Baghdad can not interfere with any of the major oil industries working in the ME.
The Dems are so good at dividing and conquering. I am not sure there is any way to stop them from doing it.
Well, God fobid but all it's gonna take is one serious terrorist attach here in the US and Americans are going to wake up and see what the Dems are doing. Public opinion is fickle and can change instantly, support for their positions will evaporate among all but the moonbats.