Mitt Sorry We Left Iraq, Wants to Stay in Afghanistan

In his foreign policy speech today at Virginia Military Institute, Mitt showed how out of touch he is with American voters, not just on economic issues, but on military ones as well.

He said that he would have stayed longer in Iraq, when the country as a whole is glad to be out of there:  “America’s ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence.”

Strategically, we’d be better off today with Saddam Hussien in power as a bulwark and counter-weight to Iran.  The problem isn’t that we left, it’s that we went there in the first place.

Mitt said that he won’t be bound by Obama’s promise to get out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, when the country as a whole would like to get out even sooner: “I will evaluate conditions on the ground and weigh the best advice of our military commanders.”

If Mittens thinks we want to lose more lives and limbs and healthy brains, thinks we want to waste more money we don’t have in either Iraq or Afghanistan, he has no clue how the American people feel about these wars.

The terrorists who threaten us have long since moved on from Afghanistan — across the border to Pakistan, north to Yemen and Somalia — and a big ground war there makes absolutely no sense.  This is a war for special forces and drones.

As for Iran’s nuclear quest, where Mitt has criticized Obama for not being tough enough, he spoke of sanctions, not military action:  “I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran and will tighten the sanctions we currently have.”  Iran has made it clear that sanctions won’t deter their nuclear ambitions.  So Mitt’s saying he’d do more of a failed policy.

2 comments on “Mitt Sorry We Left Iraq, Wants to Stay in Afghanistan

  1. TAO says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but the date to leave Iraq was an agreement by the new leaders of Iraq and Bush – no staying longer would have been done in defiance of what a sovereign nation wanted? I could have my facts wrong…

    Not sure how you would make sanctions for Iran any tougher – their inflation because of the sanctions is scary high today and pretty harsh conditions in country…

    Did he mention anything about Canada seeing as how he stated earlier he was going to make North America energy independent…not sure if he understands there are other countries in NA.

    • His plan is not energy independence in the sense that we get all our energy domestically, but that we get it all within our hemisphere, from us and our friendly, contiguous neighbors. I think of it more as energy security than energy independence.
      I think sanctions on Iran could be tougher, with the participation of more countries, but I don’t think it will have any effect on the regime. They don’t care how much their people suffer. And time really is running out.
      Bush and Maliki had an agreement for withdrawal, but there was an opening to negotiate leaving a small force there. O wasn’t able to negotiate the part about leaving a small force. There are conflicting reports on whose “fault” this was.

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