Russ is right! If we want peace in Iraq we must leave ASAP.
U.S. says Baghdad crackdown moving slowlyBAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military issued a sober assessment Tuesday of the Baghdad security crackdown, saying violence had decreased slightly but not to "the degree we would like to see" in the two weeks since 75,000 Iraqi and American troops flooded the capital.
(Full Link - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060627/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_060627192828)
The scope of the problem in Iraq is lost in some of the details - 75,000 combat troops cannot stem the violence. Ponder the number for a moment 75,000 additional troops to try to stop the violence.
As anyone who has worked with gang violence in the criminal justice system in America will tell you - superior firepower will NEVER retake areas where gang activity has gotten a foothold. Remember the LA riots of 1992 over 200 simultaneous fires burned out of control. What stopped the violence then? Was it police action? Was it the action of the President of the time? No - it was the actions and activities of the local community that stopped the violence then and it will be the activity of the local Iraqi communities that will stop the violence in Bagdad and throughout Iraq.
Of course since our own CIA lost 200,000 AK-47 assault rifles the task of peace and stability will only be that much more difficult. How can we feel safe and secure if 200,000 assault rifles from a US military base in one country is lost in route to another country that is under the complete "control" of the US military.
We need a new plan a "Progressive Security Plan" for America and the world. We desperately need the CIA and the US military to be on the side of "We the people". Senator Feingold talks about Americans global security shortcomings and failures and lays out a plan of action (http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/06/05/20060519CSIS.html)
We must educate ourselves and develop critical thinking skills about the real threats we face. And the threats we face are real just like the threats we face from some gang members who populate our Supermax prisons (http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-code27jun27,1,7657709.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage)
Unfortunately in the case of Iraq we have turned a very bad situation into a nightmare and it is time we utilize good riot control procedures and stop the violence in ways that involve the community and will work - just like in LA in 1992. The violence will stop when we de-escalate the cycle of violence we have helped create. Our Progressive Plan for Peace and Security in Iraq is not to avoid or run away, but to use a little "tough love" and build the only type of peace that will help make both Iraq and America more secure. We need security that is based on the belief that people really do matter.
If we believe people really do matter then we need our next President to be Russ.
If we want a more secure America then we need out next President to be Russ.