Friday, January 26, 2007

Why Wes Is The Best

All the talk of the surge, and a litany of non-binding resolutions on Iraq have clouded one of the central problems going on in Iraq. And that is the absence of any broad, useful political strategy in the country and the region. The New York Times (via Americablog) paints a disheartening picture of the problem:
Iraq’s Shiite prime minister and Sunni lawmakers hurled insults at one another during a raucous session of Parliament on Thursday, with the prime minister threatening a Sunni lawmaker with arrest and the Sunni speaker of Parliament threatening to quit...

In Parliament on Thursday, Mr. Maliki focused his anger on Sunni lawmakers, accusing one of being involved in sectarian kidnappings. The confrontation erupted after Mr. Maliki described the outlines of the new Baghdad security plan and pledged there would be no “safe haven” for militants.

The leader of a powerful Sunni bloc, Abdul Nasir al-Janabi, provoked Mr. Maliki, saying over jeers from Shiite politicians, “We cannot trust the office of the prime minister.”

His microphone was quickly shut off, and Mr. Maliki lashed into him, essentially accusing him of being one of the outlaws he had just said would not be granted sanctuary.
It's no secret that I support Wesley Clark for president and I think this demonstrates why. For some time now, Wes has been trying to get lawmakers to realize that the problem in Iraq is largely a political problem that requires a political solution and this demonstrates this problem.

It's now becoming common for some of the more seasoned and informed lawmakers are coming to the consensus that a far reaching diplomatic avenue must be pursued. Both within Iraq and within the entire middle east as well. Long before it became vogue for political leaders to disucss the importance of regional diplomacy, Wes was talking about how important it is. This is nothing new, people have talked about this since before the invasion but few political leaders bothered to discuss this. One of the first was Wes Clark.

I judge the presidential candidates, not on "hope" or speeches that tug on the sould, but by their ability to find pragmatic solutions to problems. I got to talk to Wes recently and was impressed most by his ability to delve into specific policy measures that needed to be implemented. I'll say more on that later, but the NYT article clearly shows Wes's understanding of the situation, and his understanding long before others were coming to the same conclusion.

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