Sunday, December 30, 2007

Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Mark Udall got a chance to say his piece about peace in the Denver Post today.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I believe we can achieve consensus by implementing the bipartisan recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. This legislation, which I co-authored with a Democrat and two Republicans earlier this year, is now more critical than ever. The bill calls for increasing international economic development, a "surge" in diplomatic efforts and a careful, yet timely, phased withdrawal of American forces.

He claims his service on the HASC gives him the credibility to require by legislation that we surrender under the terms set out by the Iraq Study Group. Does anyone recall the level of military expertise that Congress infused into the membership of the ISG? None.

Diplomacy only works in an environment of strength. Stalin once asked "How many battalions does the Pope have?" Mark Udall wants to place the US in a position where it has no battalions in Iraq and then pretend to expect that a "surge" of diplomacy will work.

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