What is Hillary’s Position on Iraq?

Hillary is quoted as saying, “As we do bring our troops home, we cannot lose sight of our very real strategic national interests in this region”.  If, in the future, Iraq becomes a breeding ground for exporting terrorists, as it appears it already is … that is a great worry for our country.

 So, Hillary believes Iraq is now a breeding ground for exporting terrorists and that causes us to have very real strategic national interests in the region.  Where does Hillary believe the terrorists will be exported to, the USA, or some European country?   

Hillary is quoted as saying, “So as we redeploy our troops from Iraq, I will not let down my guard against terrorism. I will devote the resources we need to fight it and fight it smartly. I will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region.”

 Hillary will redeploy our troops, but does not say where.  If she means Afghanistan, check a map, it’s not in the “region”.  She will order specialized units to engage al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region.  Where, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, where?  Why not Iraq where al Qaeda is still operating? 

Hillary has publicly challenged the president to promise to bring all American troops out of Iraq, and this contradicts a remark she made to Ted Koppel in which Hillary is quoted as saying, if she were elected president, and then re-elected four years later, she would still expect U.S. troops to be in Iraq at the end of her second term.  That’s almost 10 years, is beginning to sound a lot like LBJ.

 This conflicts with numerous statements by Hillary that she will bring the troops home in her first year in office. 

In an interview with the New York Times Hillary stated, “ there is a ‘remaining military as well as political mission’ in Iraq, and, if elected president, she would keep a reduced military force there to fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military.”

 Again, another conflicting statement from Hillary on Iraq. 

When asked how many troops she would leave in Iraq, Hillary replied by, “saying she would draw on the advice of military officers.”

 i.e., she doesn’t have a clue. 

In the MSNBC Democratic candidates’ debate on September 26, Hillary made statements that implied that even by 2012, a full four years after next November’s presidential election, there may be a continued need for American troops in Iraq and that, if elected, she would give White House blessing to that presence.

 Another conflicting statement.  Depends on the meaning of “may”. 

“I will immediately move to begin bringing our troops home when I am inaugurated.  It is my goal to have all troops out by the end of my first term,” Hillary stated.

 This conflicts with her statements to have all troops out by the end of her first year in office.  

She went on to said, “ there may be a continuing counterterrorism mission, which, if it still exists, will be aimed at al Qaeda in Iraq. It may require combat, Special Operations Forces or some other form of that, but the vast majority of our combat troops should be out.”

 Still more conflicting statements.  Just what is Hillary position on troops in Iraq, and will anyone force her to give a specific answer?

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