"Long term solutions (in Iraq) must be political, not military."and
"The United States pursues no claim to your (Iraqi) territory or resources."And I am well aware that he is working with people like Robert Gates, the very Secretary of Defense who a couple of reporters at the Washington Post have dubbed the US Defiance Secretary. And I know he is trying to avoid a neocon coup up there in Washington, D.C...where he desperately needs some Capitol Hill kum-ba-ya moments to get through the sludge left behind by the political processes of the last 8 years. Yesterday we heard 12,000 troops will come home from Iraq over the next 6 months, which pretty much takes us to the end of 2009. That leaves 128,000 kids still standing between Iraqi security forces and sectarian suicide bombers. All is not well on that front - twenty-eight people died in one of those attacks in Baghdad Sunday. Twenty-nine have been killed today. Many of our kids will be there until the end of 2011. Almost three years away. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan... Oh, my.
"We will bring our troops home with the honor that they have earned."That's what President Obama said ten days ago. I pray the honor he intends is not the Purple Heart. "Before one more mother's child is lost..." Peace.