Friday, September 30, 2005

Cindy Sheehan's Vision for Iraq

Here is an interesting interview with Cindy Sheehan by Tom Engelhardt.

Of course it's filled with the usual pith and vinegar that has been covered so well elsewhere, but since I rarely read all the way down to the bottom of one of her rants I was surprised to find this little tidbit:
"TD: You want the troops out now. Bush isn't about to do that, but have you thought about how you would proceed if you could?
CS: When we say now, we don't mean that they can all come home tomorrow. I hope everybody knows that. We have to start by withdrawing our troops from the cities, bringing them to the borders and getting them out. We have to replace our military with something that looks Arabic, something that looks Iraqi, to rebuild their country.
There you have it. Train the Iraqis to take our place and withdraw our troups over time. Why couldn't Bush have come up with this brilliant plan? The only thing she is saying differently is "Gosh, I don't see why we can't do it faster." Well the fact is we can't, because they aren't ready to take over yet. The Iraqis are working on building up a military and at the same time building up a civilian government that will control that fighting force so that they don't wind up with the next general who comes along appointing himself "President for Life". This is going to take some time. Why is this so hard to understand?

Why is this woman wasting her life and the lives of countless others for the message "I would do the same thing that Bush is doing except I wish that it could be done a little bit faster."? Oh, I guess she always has her other message "Bush stinks." One has to wonder if that isn't what this is really all about.


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