Saturday, March 29, 2008

How to end the occupation of Iraq

By Libby Spencer

This story didn't get enough attention yesterday and it was truly an awesome development in the narrative on the failure of the occupation in Iraq.

More than 40 Democratic House and Senate candidates have endorsed a document stating that "there is no military solution in Iraq" and calling for an end to the war and the removal of all U.S. troops from the country, though not according to any specific timeline.

The strategy document, titled "A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq," calls for using "diplomatic, political and economic means" to hasten an end to the conflict. As of this writing, it has been endorsed by four Democratic Senate candidates and 38 House hopefuls, a handful of whom touted the plan on a conference call with reporters today.

I'd note this effort is being led in part by a blogger. It's a good plan and I think it's rather incredible that this many candidates have signed on so early in the game. I have to think more will sign on as it becomes apparent it's a winning strategy in an election year where the electorate is undeniably tired of pouring blood and treasure into a quixotic quest with an end goal that has yet to be clearly stated. We've come a long way since the 06 elections.

We're going to end this by electing enough politicians in 08 who are willing to stand up and vote for the people rather than cower in the face of the conventional wisdom inside the Beltway.

(Cross-posted at The Impolitic.)

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