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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ex-admiral calls for withdrawal

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Penn., has a plan. From McClatchy:
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Joe Sestak, then an admiral, commanded a carrier battle group in combat near Afghanistan and then in the Persian Gulf in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Now a Democratic member of Congress from Pennsylvania, Sestak has introduced a bill calling for total withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2007, while strengthening the U.S. military presence in the region and in Afghanistan.

Sestak, who defeated 10-term Republican incumbent Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania in November, proposed the total pullout at the beginning of his campaign. Earlier this month he introduced it as a bill that would cut off most funds for military operations in Iraq by Dec. 31.
While Republicans in Congress were regurgitating fake Abraham Lincoln quotes last week, serious people like Sestak were busy trying to figure out how we get out of this mess in a responsible manner. We really, really need to deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan, folks.

But Sestak was just an admiral, so what does he know? It's not like he gets paid by right-wing foundations and media outlets to make stuff up, the true gold standard of today's Republican Party. Maybe if Sestak called us dirty hippies they would listen to him. It would be worth the sacrifice.

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