Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Hot Links: Military options in Iraq
During tonight's 11 p.m. hour, we're going to take a look at a series of plans for U.S. military involvement in Iraq, ranging from increasing the U.S. military's presence to beginning a pullout. Below you will find links to a handful of stories about these proposals:
Posted By CNN: 11:21 AM ET
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I have to question Senator John McCain's stubborness about the handleing of the Iraq war. I'm wondering if he isn't carrying a bitterness with him because of the way the Vietnam war turned out and being held as aPOW for 51/2 years. He sounds like come hell or high water America will WIN this war. However this war is a whole newballgame and what would have applied then (Vietnam) does not apply now.
Posted By Anonymous Lisa Scarboro Ontario : 11:58 AM ET
So many people, so many opinions on what to do with Iraq. The bottom line, is we all want a stable, peaceful, productive country for the Iraqis. That's what I'd like to see happen for every country in the Middle East. How and if it will ever happen, in my opinion, is not just up to us. At the end of the day, the people of Iraq have to be the captain of their own ship. And like all unsolicited advice, they must be sick of everyone with a trillion different opinions. At this point, I think we just need to ask the Iraqis what they want. Listen to their answer and help them achieve it. I'd hope ALL the countries of the world would help them achieve it. Once and for all. That's my two cents worth of advice.
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton,Calif. : 12:39 PM ET
I think we can be successful in Iraq. However, the AMERICAN news media has declared war on President Bush and anything he tries to do. This gives the rest of the world the wrong perception of the United States. A little balanced reporting would be wonderful. I have to admit, I am disappointed in the Iraqi people, they should be standing up and defending their country at this point.
Posted By Anonymous Ruth, Nebraska : 12:50 PM ET
Unfortunately, the politicians will spend more time coming up with options and debating them all than actually agreeing on something and executing a plan of action. Out of all these articles, I still don't understand why the Iraqi military can't defend themselves. Is it a training issue or is it the size of their military? We started this war with a "Shock and Awe" tactic, perhaps we need to do the same to end it!
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 12:54 PM ET
HI~
Minds like General John Abizaid and Sen. John McCain scare the hell out of me. WARMONGERS! Is Senator McCain suffering from PTSD? He seems to keep having Viet Namn flashbacks. Isn't that a frightening scenerio? Senator Hillary Clinton is correct to be impatient with the war. Ahh, Hilary in '08. Joe Biden appears to be on the right track and Sen. Carl Levin is also correct to say that we are deep in a hole we should stop digging. Indeed, the Iraqi war has become a destructive whirlwind that we can't seem to drop out of. I'd like to say that I appreciate Anderson and the 360 crew who are bringing the fabulous live report from Turkey. Thanks for all your hard work. I know it must be exhausting. Stay safe and get some rest if you can. God speed~
"All we are saying, is give peace a chance."~ John Lennon
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 12:54 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

We love your show.

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Posted By Anonymous E. Economy, Chicago, IL : 1:15 PM ET
Being a history buff and a news junkie, I thought from the get go that the invasion of Iraq was a loosing plan. Being a red, white and blue bleeding American with a kid deployed I prayed for a change of course. Being a moderate Christian, I have long been appalled by the administrations speechifying the Crusades while ignoring the fact that peace is based on countries with developing middle classes. Unfortunately, the USA and its intel base seems to always back the old nag in a horse race in international negotiation. The press has in my mind done much to support the 'jingoism' of this administration. The facts and numbers are there. I have been watching a nation that seems to think Supporting the Troops doesn't include demanding and sacrificing for stong leadership and building a military in time of war instead of watching it get blown apart. The foreign and trade policies have left us totally vulnerable while the WH keeps recycling the same spin and no leadership folk with a change in vocabulary. I pray for our troops and our nation, it surely needs divine intervention to regain its self-respect. Supporting democracy has been a non-actionable phrase with punishment for those countries who vote the wrong way while the whole torture-NSA thing has put in the same 'pool' as those we oppose.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 1:45 PM ET
Unfortunately, it is so sad what is going on. I think dividing the nation into 3 sections is definitely not a smart idea. Why divide when it used to be one? That�s like saying we should divide the U.S. or other countries due to their �religious� or political differences?! It�s total lies. If you take a look at the CNN pipeline video story on �Violence hurts Iraqi education�, a student herself says that there is no security and no justice and when all these elements are failing, there cannot be a proper nation. She says how these extremist and bad elements are trying to ruin any chances of a fair, secular government. Clearly, if the universities aren�t secure (and many parts of the country itself), what other parts of Iraq are not secure and what are we doing to help this problem?? I would like to see more stories from students and young people in Iraq.

I agree with some Senators (Sen. Biden, except for his troop withdrawal plan, which I wish we were ready for, but are not; the Iraqi troops themselves are in bad shape) where they are recommending engaging Iraq�s neighbors in a political solution. Disliking everyone around you doesn�t really help when you have a major problem. I think open DISCUSSION (which our current administration doesn�t like, but instead classifies people under it�s super suave �Axis of Evil� title�real smooth Georgie) with its neighbors (including Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi and so forth) is a good START! It will help ease the already tension around the region and provide a stable relationship. Other Middle Eastern and Far Eastern countries have multiple religions and religious sects within them, and they seem to be doing pretty well, exchange of ideas and help is so important. Communication and proper dialogue can help many problems�.if the world just chooses to give it a try!

�Again, you�ve got to talk. The North Koreans aren�t all stupid. The idea that you are going to say to any country, �Change your behavior, and after you do we�re going to change your regime,� when in fact you have no option to change the regime, doesn�t make any sense. These guys have got to get in the real world here.� �Sen. Biden in the Newsweek article

Nice articles Mr/Ms Producer...
Posted By Anonymous dee, Buffalo,NY : 1:46 PM ET
We, with Iraq, need to help them help themselves to stabilize, finish helping them become a democracy (if that is indeed what they want), and then let them be a country unto themselves. And leave, mission accomplished. I find it hard to believe that the majority of Iraqis don't want a peaceful nation to raise their families and live their lives. That is what we promised. And if we are an honorable nation, we need to make good on our promises to other countries. Pulling out now makes us pretty dishonorable. I wanted us out for a long time. A friend died from injuries sustained fighting in Iraq. My cousin and friends were stationed over there. They had a job. And as much as I don't agree with losing lives, I really am not the one to judge whether or not we should deny any nation the opportunity to be free. I doubt WMD's were there. But, my friend died trying to make another nation free. That has honor. I really believe if we leave now, they all died for absolutely nothing unless we make sure Iraq has the opportunity to realize all that we promised them.
Posted By Anonymous TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 1:52 PM ET
President Bush got us into this mess, and now we're trying to get out of it, and it's apparent that we have very few options. I think the key question that Mr. Abizaid and Mr. McCain need to ask themselves is "How is the current strategy or status quo (or having U.S. troops there) working for us?" Clearly, it's not. So doesn't logic tell us that we should do something different? It's obvious that the Iraqis don't want us there. I've heard from a few military experts interviewed on 360 that the most logical thing to do at this point is to withdraw troops in such a way that does not degrade security. Get the Iraqi government involved. Strengthen their military so they can defend themselves for any chaos that occurs after the pullout. (I'm sure easier said than done). I also like Mr. Biden's recommendation of engaging Iraq's neighbors in a political solution. Some of these countries aren't necessarily U.S. allies, but at this point, we need all the help we can get. For the sake of the American and Iraqi people, I hope we find a feasible solution soon.
Posted By Anonymous Lilibeth, Edmonds, WA : 3:32 PM ET
SEND MORE TROOPS? FOR WHAT? WE TRIED, THE IRAQIS DID NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR HELP. THE SITUATION DID NOT IMPROVE. SO, WHAT NOW? THE OBVIOUS, PULL OUT OF IRAQ, DO NOT RISK ANY MORE LIVES OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND CONCENTRATE ON DOMESTIC PROBLEMS AND SPEND THE MONEY HERE AT HOME TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES. IT IS EASY TO SAY "SEND MORE TROOPS" FOR ANYONE WHO HAS NO FAMILY MEMBERS SERVING IN THE MILITARY. THEY FORGET THE OBVIOUS, WHICH IS THAT WE ARE NOT THE SAINTS AS MUCH AS WE WISH WE WERE, OUR HELP IS NO LONGER HELP FOR THEM, SO LET'S BE SMART AND PULL OUT FOR OUR OWN SAKE AND STOP LOOKING AT THIS SITUATION AS A DEFEAT. IT WAS NOT OUR WAR TO FIGHT TO BEGIN WITH.
Posted By Anonymous MIRELA DIAZ, ST. ROBERT, MO : 7:40 PM ET
If we do not set a timetable for the quick and total withdrawal of the American forces the Iraqi people will never defend their own country.
Posted By Anonymous W.D.Russell,East Liverpool, Ohio : 7:21 AM ET
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