AP Photo: President Bush leaves the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 12
Those of you who have read my blog by now should have come to the conclusion that I disagree with the Iraq invasion, furthermore I disagree with the move to increase our troop levels by 20,000 plus. However, I have to admit, its one thing to always complain about a problem, its one thing to always complain about a decision, but its a whole other thing to actually provide a solution.
I once had a Sgt Major who told me that “effective leaders care less about pointing out the problems, but more about providing solutions.” I have to admit lately, I have been falling into the complain with no solution camp.
I mean let’s be honest for a second. For the last 4 years now, Democrats have consistantly pointed out the problems with this administration especially as it relates to the Iraq policy. In my personal opinion, I think they are correct in many of their assessments, however, I can’t quite remember the last time I heard of an alternate position, idea, or solution.
I mean I have heard the “phased withdrawal” mantra, but I have often wondered “and then what?”
OK, I get it, we disagree with the increase of troops. So what’s our suggestion instead? Now don’t be mistaken that when I say “we” Im saying Im a Democrat, because that isnt the truth, not even close actually, however, I feel we have to point out the obvious. If we believe the President and his Administration is screwed up, then the Democrats owe it to the American people to present their solution instead.
I believe the American majority voted for change in November, so it would be nice to actually see ideas and solutions rather than just saying the President is wrong. Which in truth, is more of the same.
Personally, I believe that at this point 20, 000 or even 50, 000 more troops wouldnt help the current situation. I believe our continued involvement doesnt give the Iraqi government any incentive to step up their progress and it also helps fan the flames of those against the occupation. Now if we were really trying to completely control things then we would probably need more like 100,000 to 200,000 more troops, but even then that wouldnt turn out to be good in the long run.
I believe we should withdraw to the Iraqi borders and secure them and have the remainder of our troops stationed elsewhere in the theater on alert. Allow democracy to work even if we don’t agree with the victor. Nation building is not that great of an idea, but since we initiated it, we must allow it to take its course. Let us not forget what our country had to go through to make what progress we have, therefore, I don’t think we can avoid similar situations in Iraq, if we truly expect a Democracy. I say, we got Saddam, we found no WMD, and established a new Iraqi Government. Mission Accomplished.
But this isnt about me and what I think in my limited experience, it’s more about what do the Democrats have to bring to the table? Pointing fingers gets very old very fast, once people realize that you don’t have any solutions to offer.
I have to give the President credit…”To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible.”