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Friday, November 17, 2006

Another liberal plan for Iraq

Fox News beat us liberals over the head with this "Democrats have no plans for Iraq." Who are they kidding? We have TONS of them!

Like so many claims on Fox, this isn't just wrong... it's the opposite of the truth.

We libs have lots of plans but I have tended to favor the Peter Galbraith plan: The "End of Iraq : How American Incompetence Created a War Without End" even though I shudder at the thought of a partition and the likely bloodshed that will follow. But even Galbraith says this is the least-bad option Bush has left for us.

I just heard Polk interviewed on NPR and he seems like a very solid guy with a very solid plan:

Book Description

Former senator George McGovern and William R. Polk, a leading authority on the Middle East, offer a detailed plan for a speedy troop withdrawal from Iraq.

During the phased withdrawal, to begin on December 31, 2006, and to be completed by June 30, 2007, they recommend that the Iraq government engage the temporary services of an international stabilization force to police the country. Other elements in the withdrawal plan include an independent accounting of American expenditures of Iraqi funds, reparations to Iraqi civilians for lives lost and property destroyed, immediate release of all prisoners of war, the closing of American detention centers, and offering to void all contracts for petroleum exploration, development, and marketing made during the American occupation.

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