Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Same 'Ole Song And Dance From Ed Bryant Regarding Iraq

For months now I have been calling on Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, and Bob Corker to publicly speak out on the war in Iraq.

Well, on Monday I got an idea of where Ed Bryant stands on the war and what he has to offer in ways of new ideas and solutions for the current situation in Iraq. (And guess what, it is what I had suspected all along)

According to the Johnson City Press, Bryant said the following while visiting an event honoring the 2nd Squadron and 278th Regimental Combat Team in Johnson City:

"We've got to finish the job we started, and that means getting the country of Iraq in a position where they can police and defend themselves," he said. "Obviously, no one wants to see people killed or injured, but they are fighting for a cause. We're past that line of being able to sit in this country and ignore terrorism. We've been attacked by terrorism in this country and most likely will be again unless we can really undermine them in places like Iraq."

Hmm...all that rhetoric sounds eerily familar, doesn't it?

If you concure, that is because it IS familiar.

It is exactly what the Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate here in Tennessee have been saying ever since the race started about the war in Iraq.

"Stay the course," they insist.

I hate to break it to you Ed, but the American people are not buying that line anymore.

It is time we had a serious debate over what is currently going on in Iraq and what the future holds in that regard.

Simply insisting we stay the course is not going to cut it.

It is time that new ideas and new strategies are put forth so we can be successful in Iraq and bring our troops home as soon as possible.

What is needed for the situation in Iraq is a gradual draw down strategy.

The main objective should be to turn over power to the Iraqis as quickly as possible.

In congruence, the U.S. should bring in other countries to be part of a rapid return team, which would be deployed right outside of Iraq, possibly in Jordan or Kuwait, which would then agree to help re-build Iraq.

Personally, I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is standing up and talking about the situation in Iraq and what needs to be done to ensure success there.

While Harold Ford Jr. is seeking real solutions to our most troubling problems, his opponents sit back and do nothing.

That is why he will be our next U.S. Senator.

Related Topics
  • Read Congressman Ford's letter to President Bush which details a plan for success in Iraq here!
  • Read Congressman Ford's letter to the President regarding body armor here!
  • Read Congressman Ford's op-ed on the war in Iraq here!
  • Read Congressman Ford's letter to President Bush upon his return from Iraq here!
  • Read Congressman Ford's comments about Iraq on MSNBC here!
  • Read Congressman Ford's strong record of supporting our veterans here!