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Hillary says it’s time to start withdrawing our troops from Iraq

Today, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, both members of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, drew sharp distinctions between their positions on the occupation of Iraq by US forces. At a hearing on the troop surge as lead by General Petraeus, McCain favors staying indefinitely because he thinks the surge is working. Hillary is more realistic. From Reuters AlertNet, Hillary said:

“I think it’s time to begin an orderly process of withdrawing our troops, start rebuilding our military, and focusing on the challenges posed by Afghanistan, the global terrorist groups and other problems that confront Americans,” said Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady who would be the first woman president.

What Hillary recognizes is that our troops are overcommited in Iraq and around the world and that our national security is endangered by an army that is exhausted both physically and logistically. It is going to take time and much diplomatic effort to get out of Iraq. Bush made a real mess of things and like a game of Doctor Tangle, untying the knots is going to take time and skill. But we must do it so we can cycle our troops effectively and go after the bad guys where they live- in Afghanistan. Good job, Hillary. A president must keep troop readiness at the forefront for effective national security.