Just got an email from my Representative in Congress, Jane Harman:
Subject: Needed: A strategy for an exit from Iraq
Here’s the email I just sent her office in response:
Dear Rep. Harman:
I just received your email titled “Needed: A strategy for an exit from Iraq.”
I’m disappointed that you’d choose to frame this serious issue in such a thoughtless way. The very phrasing of the question suggests your priority: bring the troops home safely. Sadly, the only way to keep our troops safe is not to use them, and to withdraw from the conflicts spanning the globe – conflicts which have already touched our shores, and which risk not only our security but that of our allies as well.
Here’s an alternative phrasing which meets the same goal – Subject: Defining victory in Iraq. How do we know we’ve won?
There’s a very legitimate set of discussions to have around this issue, and one which I’ve publicly criticized the Administration for not leading. You have the opportunity to lead where they have failed – but not if your leadership is focused entirely on how to get out quickly with minimal loss of life and face.
Instead, if we have some concrete goals, we can have the simplest exit strategy of all: victory.