Fluffing Mr. O’Reilly
Kirsten Powers, who fills the distaff Joe Lieberman spot at Fox News, gives Bill a “whoa-whoa” woody when she talks dirty to him about the “Democrat Party” (as Bill likes to call it).
Apparently Kirsten is unaware that others, including the last Democrat(ic) presidential nominee, have been known to outline a policy for Iraq.
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) yesterday called for the withdrawal of 20,000 troops from Iraq by year’s end as the first step in a proposal that would significantly reduce U.S. military forces in the region over the next 15 months.
Kerry offered a middle ground between those advocating an immediate drawdown of the more than 150,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and the Bush administration, which has declined to set a timetable for a decreased U.S. military presence.
“The way forward in Iraq is not to pull out precipitously or merely promise to stay ‘as long as it takes,’ ” Kerry said during an address at Georgetown University. “We must instead simultaneously pursue both a political settlement and the withdrawal of American combat forces.”
Kerry portrayed his proposed pullout of forces as the best remedy for the ongoing violence, not as a recognition that the insurgency cannot be defeated. Citing such voices as former Nixon administration defense secretary Melvin R. Laird, he argued that “our military presence in vast and visible numbers has become part of the problem, not the solution.”
As part of his call for a political solution to the Iraq conflict, Kerry proposed a conference of nations led by the United States, Britain, Turkey, Russia and other NATO allies to forge a compromise between the Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions in Iraq. He also called on Bush to appoint an envoy to help “maximize our diplomacy in Iraq and the region.”
As a “Democrat(ic) Strategist” you’d think she would be up on these things.