It is bad news when Musharraf thinks he can help no more. How do the other allies help without invading Pakistan since that is the location of the Taliban and al-Qaeda training camps? The last thing wanted is for Musharraf to lose power and risk Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling into the hands of an extremists government. I think it requires more thought for me.Comment Posted By zaq On 27.02.2007 @ 00:53
I hope Republicans support Guiliani. He is our most optimistic candidate, and the country is ready for a good message for the future of the country. There is little he says with which I take issue. There will have to be compromist to get quality candidates.
It is too early to predict what voter will do. I think most are tired of the last election and not ready for the next. The media pushes these political topics because they are easy. Heaven forbid the media cope with complex problems.Comment Posted By zaq On 9.02.2007 @ 18:43
I took the pledge and was proud to so. I wrote to many of the Senators in a vain attempt to influence them to ditch the CYA resolution. Victory in Iraq is the only choice.Comment Posted By zaq On 27.01.2007 @ 01:06
I too have been in the place you are now. It is so very difficult, and one never forgets a loved friend of so many years. I extend my good wishes for you all.Comment Posted By zaq On 17.12.2006 @ 00:15
I must add that I do not trust numbers from the UN or reports from the NYT.Comment Posted By zaq On 17.12.2006 @ 00:33
If Iran and Syria did not want chaos and violence in Iraq, they would stop supporting the combatants and facilitating the immigration of terrorists into the country. I would hope the international community would help neither with the problem they have done so much to cause. I hope our country has more will and more honor than to withdraw from Iraq until order is restored to the country. I know many in the area are waiting for the last helicopter, and that gives hope to the insurgency, al Qaeda and the militias. I trust it will not come.
There are areas of Iraq which are safe for the Iraqis if they must leave their homes. I trust the central government will earn their trust at some point, and they will see less need to leave Iraq.Comment Posted By zaq On 17.12.2006 @ 00:32
I agree with B. Poster. If those there now had been allowed to engage the enemies, the war would be over. Political changes must be made in Iraq, and more political will must be found here in the U.S. Shove the diplomats back to the State Department.
Many of the current functions of our troops should be done by the Iraqi police except their training is two years behind that of the Iraqi Army. The training of the Iraqi police and equipping both the police and the Army must be given the same priority as adding more U.S. combat troops. It might be more troops are not needed.Comment Posted By zaq On 17.12.2006 @ 00:49
Making any deal with Syria will end the last trace of respect I had for the President. If he chooses to listen to Rice and Hadley over the creative people he had in the Aministration, he chooses mediocrity. Syria and Iran are responsible for the deaths of hundrend of American troops. A few missiles into Syria in the beginning would have been a great plus. Diplomacy is too late and too demeaning for this American. Lebanon should not be ours to give away.Comment Posted By zaq On 24.11.2006 @ 18:26
This is a good and true post.
People like Johnny who think Rumsfeld is to stuborn to change his strategy should read his speech just given in Kansas. They just fired one of the most visionary members of government.
Sirius, I think it was when the State Department became old enough to have such an entrenched bureaucy with outdated views.Comment Posted By zaq On 14.11.2006 @ 00:57
The US might have negotiated with Syria or Iran from a position of strength, but I see no benefit from trying now with the increased violence in Bagdad. I hold out no hope for wisdom from the study group if the big suggestion is to talk to Iran and Syria and to pressure the Iraqi government. The US and the Iraqis have and are talking to the rest of the neighbors, and the Iraqis are talking with Iran although it is not reported to the degree that the violence is. I oppose a staged exit or a withdrawl to the fringe. Our troops will be in more danger by either act. It will be necessary to see what course the US chooses now that the State Department is in charge. It is unfortunate the other departments of the government have been so absent in Iraq, and so much responsibility has fallen to our troops.Comment Posted By zaq On 12.11.2006 @ 18:39
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