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November 27, 2005

Feingold's Bandwagon Is Getting Crowded

-- by Gary Boatwright

On August 18th, 2005, Senator Feingold proposed a gradual, phased withdrawal from Iraq with a target date of December, 2006. The stated goals of Feingold's proposal were:

Feingold has argued that this kind of clarity, combined with an effective reconstruction effort and constructive assistance to the political process, could help the U.S. to:

• Undermine the recruiting efforts and the unity of insurgents;

• Encourage Iraqi ownership of the transition process and bolster the legitimacy of the Iraqi authorities;

• Reassure the American people that our Iraq policy is not directionless; and

• Most importantly, create space for a broader discussion of our real national security priorities.

In August Feingold's proposal for a gradual, phased withdrawal was ravaged by critics for being a terrible idea.

Aside from the dates and minor details, is there any substantive difference between Feingold's withdrawal plan, Murtha's resolution and Senator Biden's timetable for a gradual, phased withdrawal from Iraq, which the White House is now taking credit for?

[Editor's note: My comment about Feingold's gradual, phased withdrawal proposal was changed as reflected in the comments.]

Posted by Gary Boatwright at November 27, 2005 3:48 PM

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In August Feingold's proposal for a gradual, phased withdrawal was a terrible idea.

I'm not disagreeing with you, but I have no idea why you think it's a terrible idea. I know, for instance, that Dave would think it's a terrible idea because it does not include his crazy fantasy of UN involvement and some kind of built-in cuckooland mechanism to assure that Bush takes the political blame. I believe it's a terrible idea because the US withdrawal should be unconditional and immediate.

It is increasingly clear that Bush and the corporate media (the same thing really) are going to make certain that antiwar progressives take the blame for anything the public doesn't like about the US withdrawal. That's too bad. (It's NOT AT ALL BAD that demos take a lot of blame. They deserve it.)

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 27, 2005 7:35 PM

My apology for a poorly written sentence. It should have read "In August Feingold's proposal for a gradual, phased withdrawal was ravaged by critics for being a terrible idea."

Thanks for pointing out my sloppy writing Richard. I will correct that sentence.

Posted by: Gary Boatwright [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 28, 2005 4:01 AM

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