Listening To The Military
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in Barack Obama | Hillary Clinton | Iraq | Precipitous Withdrawals | War — Comments (9) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
If there is going to be a 957th debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I do hope that someone will ask them about this:
The Joint Chiefs chairman has a word of warning to Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: A rapid of withdrawal from Iraq would lead to a "chaotic situation" and would "turnaround the gains we have achieved, and struggled to achieve, and turn them around overnight.
Admiral Mullen's comments came in a response to a question about what the Joint Chiefs are doing to prepare for a new president, given that two of the candidates have called for a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
"We need to be prepared across the board for what a new president will bring," Mullen said. "I do worry about a rapid withdrawal. . . [that would] turn around the gains we have achieved and struggled to achieve and turn them around overnight."
Asked to define a "rapid withdrawal," Mullen said, "a withdrawal that would be so fast that it would leave us in a chaotic situation and the gains we have achieved would be lost."
The reality-based thing to do would be to pay heed to this advice. Which means, of course, that Admiral Mullen will be summarily ignored in either a Clinton or an Obama Administration.
Either that, or all of the claims that Clinton and/or Obama will get the United States out of Iraq are patent falsehoods designed solely to win votes.