Edelman Socks It To Hillary
Defense Undersecretary Eric Edelman tells Hillary like it is in a letter to the woman would be, er, President.
The Pentagon yesterday launched a blistering attack on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for boosting "enemy propaganda" by demanding the U.S. military whip up plans for withdrawal from Iraq.
The forceful pummeling - in response to Clinton's request that the Defense Department "prepare plans for the phased redeployment" - came in a terse letter to the Democratic presidential front-runner from Defense Undersecretary Eric Edelman.
"Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Edelman wrote in the July 16 letter.
Edelman is absolutely 100% correct on his assessment of what Hillary is calling for. If we pull out, as Hillary and the other lefties in the Senate want, then the Democrats will have achieved their dream of turning Iraq into another Vietnam, replicating the conditions that allowed the communist takeover our once-upon-a-time ally in Southeast Asia. Millions of people died, not just in Vietnam, but Cambodia as well, when we abandoned South Vietnam. Millions were incarcerated in "reeducation" camps (better known as gulags).
If we pull out of Iraq and things fully erupt over there, there won't be any gulags for the "reeducation" of those who wanted Liberty. Only death. It will be far more like Cambodia than Vietnam. (If you are still playing the John f. Kerry drinking game, take a drink.)
Millions of Iraqis have their live son the line. If we abandon them now, then we can kiss our credibility goodbye. Of course, it might make us popular with the French.
Hillary is right that there always needs to be contingency plans and alternatives. But those plans should never include leaving the battlefield while the battle rages on. However that is exactly what the Democrats want to do: Pull out of the battle and let the bad guys win. Such plans are both dangerous and irresponsible.
Clinton's Senate spokesman Philippe Reines said Edelman's letter was "at once outrageous and dangerous," and added that Clinton planned to respond directly to his boss, Secretary of Defense Gates.
Actually, Reines has got it wrong (not surprisingly): what Hillary is pushing for is outrageous and dangerous. God help us if she is elected president.