Let me see if I have this straight, the President proposes to increase troop strength to bolster the transition in Iraq. The new congress, whose former minority was for some time calling for just such action, is now preparing to use the power of the purse to influence foreign policy. This was the same tactic employed by congress during the Ford administration in which support for South Vietnam was cut off.
What's wrong with this picture? No one likes the conflict in the Mideast. It is a dangerous, difficult and hard to fathom situation. It is not about oil, Israel or any other single issue. It has more to do with the post WWI partitioning of Europe's old colonies and their later division during the Cold War.
I think all of us would rather live in a world where we only had to worry about the next reality TV show or what cool new cell phone was going to hit the market.
Remember those times?
It was called the Clinton era. Nothing much seemed to be happening in foreign affairs. Oh there was the Balkans, and the genocide in Rwanda, the Cole and the first bombing of the WTC, but other than that not too much occurred.
Most soldiers in Iraq would like to leave, but most also want to leave a country which can stand on its own. The United States is the ONLY nation remaining in the world that has the capability to support other nations in their security measures. Other nations, even developed ones, still rely upon us for a lot of logistics, C4ISR and other "specialties" which we have developed during our war with the USSR, a war which we won only when we decided upon the right tool to lead us to victory.
Arbitrary timelines and budget restrictions are not the right tools.