Richardson on the war

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IraqBill Richardson
“Some say that all of the Democratic presidential candidates have basically the same position on Iraq. I disagree. \ \ “I’d pull all of our troops out in six to eight months. The other major candidates would leave some troops behind indefinitely.\ \ “That’s a major difference — any way you look at it.\ \ “On Sunday, at the ABC debate in Iowa, I asked the other candidates point blank: How many troops would you leave behind? 25,000? 50,000? 75,000? For how long?\ \ “I didn’t get an answer.”
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“Pulling our troops out won’t cause a civil war; our troops are targets in a civil war right now. We must redeploy them out of Iraq and then secure the region.\ \ “The Bush administration has been using half-measures since this war started, and now we have to make a decision — it is either in or out; now or after more people die. You can’t have it both ways.”
“Saying that all Democrats have the same position because ‘any’ Democrat would end the war eventually is a cop out. Saying there is no military solution in Iraq and then advocating leaving US troops behind to find the military solution you just said doesn’t exist is nuts.”
— Brian DeBose, national political reporter, The Washington Times

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