Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The World according to Dean

News from Howard Dean:

Saying the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.

So, there you have it. Deans says we are going to lose this war. Which means, among other things, that Iraq falls into terrorist's hands. But, hey, failure in Iraq will look good for the Democrats, so full STEAM AHEAD with the DEFEATIST TALK. Elections in Iraq are this month, yet this is the garbage coming out of this man's mouth?

More from Dean:

Bring the 80,000 National Guard and Reserve troops home immediately. They don't belong in a conflict like this anyway. We ought to have a redeployment to Afghanistan of 20,000 troops, we don't have enough troops to do the job there and its a place where we are welcome

Now, this is where I always have a problem. I understand that the Reserves and Guard troops have been stretched thin since 9/11 (due, of course, to Clinton's policies of reducing the military- but THAT rarely gets discussed in this context.) BUT, the "job" of reserve and guard units is to be a fighting force. This is why they train, and why they are PAID. Before anyone signs up for the pay and benifits of a reserve force, they need to think long and hard as to whether or not it actually fits into their life. But, yes they do "belong" in this conflict.

Anyway, to sum up for Howard Dean:

withdrawal=strategic redeployment