The Kerry Plan: 100,000 Less Troops

Here he goes again.

AP – Senator John Kerry says US needs to reduce its forces in Iraq by at least 100,000 by the end of 2006.

He says such a move will send a message to the Middle East that Americans aren’t interested in maintaining a permanent military presence in that country.

In a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, Kerry said the goal should be to have a force of 30-to-40,000 in Iraq by the end of next year.

However, he said any troop withdrawal should be linked to a timetable set by what he calls “a series of benchmarks of accomplishment.”

In a speech sometimes reminiscent of his 2004 run for the White House, Kerry focused most of his criticism at the Bush administration.

So, let me get this straight. To take 100,000 of our troops out of Iraq, all we need to do is set a timetable with benchmarks of accomplishment. OK, let’s pretend that Bush agrees to Kerry’s plan. First we need to determine what constitutes accomplishment. Oops, plan failure. The Democrats will never agree with Republicans on a practical definition of ‘accomplishment’, so we’re back to square one.

Nice try John.

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