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Rice: Leaving Iraq Early Would Be Missed Opportunity
American Forces Press Service ^ | Paul X. Rutz

Posted on 04/14/2006 5:23:45 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2006 – Democracy in Iraq could secure the beginnings of a new Middle East, the nation's top diplomat said yesterday in a radio interview. On "The Sean Hannity Show," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned that leaving Iraq would be to leave the country to fugitive Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his ilk.

"I would just ask the American people to think about the alternative," Rice said. "The alternative is to leave prematurely from Iraq and leave that country to the likes of Zarqawi and al Qaeda and to miss the chance, to miss the opportunity to have a stable and democratic Iraq as an anchor in a different kind of Middle East."

Rice acknowledged that change in Iraq is difficult right now, but "any big historical change is always tough and violent," she noted. During her most recent trip to the region earlier this month, she said she noticed substantial progress between then and when she was last in Iraq in November.

"When I'm there, I find so encouraging what the Iraqis are doing in terms of their political system and its development, in terms of maturity of their security forces, in terms of their ability to work together on difficult problems," the secretary said.

She also said she recognizes that questioning America's continuing presence in Iraq is something people are bound to do. "I can understand how the American people, looking every day at the television pictures of bombings and violence in Iraq, can wonder what is really going on here and are we going to be successful," she said.

Questions about whether to remove Saddam Hussein from power have been asked from the beginning, she said. Countries like France, Russia and Germany may have believed Saddam should stay in power during the buildup to war in 2003 because it was clear the only way to remove him would be by military force, and doing nothing was preferable to war in their opinion, she said.

But what the United States did was correct, she said. "The president took a different track, and the right track, which was to finally rid the international community of this dictator who had threatened his neighbors, used chemical weapons," Rice said. "It was the time to get rid of him."

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chicken; cowardly; dumb; early; idotic; iraq; leaving; missed; opportunity; rice; stupid; yellow
Da Surrender Monkeys in da Senate ain't gonna like dis!!!

That's why I like it!

1 posted on 04/14/2006 5:23:48 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Kudos to Dr. Rice.

2 posted on 04/14/2006 5:35:06 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: SandRat

I tuned in for the SOS's appearance. I liked it when Hannity asked if she absolutely ruled out running for President, and instead of just saying "yes", she said, "I can't see it". There is hope. Maybe after the 2006 election she'll get new contacts.

3 posted on 04/14/2006 6:13:41 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet
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To: LZ_Bayonet
She's going to have to be more solid re Israel.

To be perfectly frank there's no other way to deal with pan-islamists but to kill them, en masse.

It is Iraq that gives me hope that not all Muslims are pan-islamists, though the jury is still out overall.

4 posted on 04/14/2006 6:22:17 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

I find so encouraging what the Iraqis are doing in terms of their political system and its development

I hope Dr. Rice means getting rid of Jaafari, when she says this.

5 posted on 04/14/2006 6:40:53 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ((FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.))
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To: SandRat
The Democrat rhetoric against Bush, Rumsfeld and the war in Iraq is heating up. They have a desperate note in their pronouncements - as if panic is setting in.

And they have reason to panic - Iraq is turning around. No, not fast enough to suit anyone, but its starting to look like the plan is going to work.

And the Democrats know it - thats why the panic!!

If you want the good news from Iraq, got to "Vets for Freedom" a newly formed group that trying to counter the MSM negative slant.

Here is one of their writeups on the good news out of Iraq.

6 posted on 04/14/2006 8:22:53 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Get legal or get out!)
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