Sunday, May 11, 2008

Rob Andrews Plan for Iraq: Worth a Look

Congressman Rob Andrews, for whom I encourage every New Jersey Democrat and Independent to vote on 3 June, has a real, thoughtful analysis of the Iraq civil war -- and how to get U.S. troops out of that seemingly endless war. Andrews' plan argues that the U.S. should leave a swathe of Iraq under the control of 75,000 Iraq troops and see how the Sunni and Shia leaders there unite to secure their own country. He calls for the total transition of U.S. troops in a reasonable timeframe, between 12-18 months. Andrews also considers that a tripartite state, with a decentralized federal government, may be a needed alternative to a strong central government.

This plan is multifaceted and complex, much as the situation and cultural context is on the ground in Iraq. Andrews needs to continue to present such policy-driven plans to the press and media because a policy-oriented approach, straight from the horse's mouth, is in distinct contrast with Lautenberg and his lack of a concrete, comprehensive plan for Iraq.

For more on Andrews' speech on Iraq, see here:



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