Skip to comments.Clinton Doubts Iraqis Can Pacify Baghdad
Posted on 01/14/2007 12:08:11 AM PST by XR7
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Saturday that Iraq's government would follow through with its promises to secure Baghdad as she met with top Iraqi officials and American commanders.
It was the third trip to Iraq for Clinton, a Democrat from New York who is considering running for president, and comes amid opposition from the Democratic-controlled Congress to President Bush's plans to send in 21,500 more troops to stop the rampant violence.
"I don't know that the American people or the Congress at this point believe this mission can work," she told ABC News in Baghdad. "And in the absence of a commitment that is backed up by actions from the Iraqi government, why should we believe it?"
Noting she had to travel wearing body armor and surrounded by soldiers and security guards, Clinton called the situation in Iraq "heartbreaking."
"This is my third trip here. I've seen the violence and security problems increase, not decrease," she said, calling on Bush to start withdrawing U.S. troops.
"That would really demonstrate to the Iraqis that we don't have an open-ended commitment," she said. "We are not going to be here providing protection for their leaders, which we do. We are not going to be here standing by and trying to be called in from time to time as they see fit. That is not in the cards."
Clinton, who was making a one-day visit to the country, spoke to ABC exclusively after meeting with the two top military commanders in Iraq, U.S. Gen. George Casey and Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, according to the network.
She was traveling with U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, who opted out of the 2008 race, and Rep. John McHugh, a Republican from upstate New York. They also planned to travel to Afghanistan.
The three, all members of armed services committees, also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
"I'm skeptical that the Iraqi government will do what they have promised to do, and that I think is the concern of all of us who have heard this before," she said, referring to earlier security efforts that have failed to stop the sectarian attacks that have been increasing since the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra.
Clinton, who opposes Bush's plans to send more U.S. troops to Iraq, last traveled to Iraq in February 2005 with Sen. John McCain, a Republican presidential contender.
Clinton had planned to meet with the Army's 10th Mountain Division which is based in New York and deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan at their base in Baghdad but the visit was canceled due to bad weather, the U.S. military said.
What do we do if the Iraqi gov't does not stand up?
I had a wicked pinto mare as a kid that used to bite me all the time.
Is that you after all these years?
Who taught you how to use a computer?
It could work that way. The "surge" is our last shot at this. If the Shiites don't cooperate Iraq will be left to its Civil War.
But while we are at it: Clinton ,like so many others, is deliberately exagerating the IRAQ thing into some miniscule little "police action" of a few insurgents in Bahgdad...just like the lefties in the MSM are doing.
Bush is actually widening the view of the gameboard at this juncture to expose all the so-called "non-involved" other countries who have been actively fueling, funding and conducting this world-wide war of terrorism.
The net result is going to make the triumphant Democratidiots look utterly foolish as '08 approaches and lead inevitably to the triumphant return of the keen minded Republican Party to run things from then on.
(Come to think of it,I sound pretty nuts too. Whatever you've got,I'm catching it.)
"Clinton had planned to meet with the Army's 10th Mountain Division which is based in New York and deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan at their base in Baghdad but the visit was canceled due to bad weather, the U.S. military said."
Correction: "A flack for Ms. Clinton said the U.S. military said"
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Any excuse to avoid the Kerry-type cafeteria shot. There won't be a single picture of her with a soldier coming out of this trip bet on it.
Well no, not this time...
She can backpedal all she wants, in order to get more in line with her party. She is trying like hell to reverse her stand as a "hawk" when she thought it was politically expedient FOR HER.
exactly what I was thinking
OK so lets see withdraw troops... Iraq goes to into full scale civil war. Iran and Syria back Shiites Saudis back sunni... regional conflict ensues. Then what we sit here at home and watch until the violence follows us here then what... Do we react... what exactly is the Democrats plan failure in Iraq failure in the WOT isn't that exactly what her husband got us.
Hey Hillary of the Armed Services Committee, here's a word for ya':
V I C T O R Y
No, it isn't a foreign word or concept. Americans have actually achieved and enjoyed it in the past and made the world a better place because of it.
Maybe you should look it up in the dictionary and study some American history oh so-called "smartest woman in America". Pfft.
And this from a man who could not pacify his wife. That must be why he sent Hillary to Bagdad.
In BJ's book, pacification works only with dick in hand and a ready and willing orifice handy. That is why Clinton is a barbarian, and if handed a dictatorship, would be worse than Saddam in less than 1 year.
Hey! Hey! Hey! She's a mother! She knows from heartbreaking. All those evil men on the Republican side who may oppose her as well as that piano playing egghead from the State Department who doesn't have kids can never understand and will be reminded of it every day during the campaign.
Since she only maked a ONE DAY trip to Iraq .. I'd say that's a safe bet
What a coward this CIC wannabe is. Methinks she was afraid she would have heard some opposition to her pontificating from these heroes.
Gee Hilliary, your comments were a real morale booster for the troops. I'm sure they can't wait until you assume the throne.
Oh yea, and she became an expert how? Amen.
This American thinks Hillary should "shut up" and quit speaking for me. She needs to say Democrats and moonbats say this mission will not work.
This woman is not up to the task of being President. I say that not only because I don't like her, but because she seems incapable of thinking on her own.
It's only "heartbreaking" because she came back with her evil insanity intact.