Hillary in Charge

By Anthony | March 15th, 2007 | 10:04 pm

Ed Cone links to a recent NYT article in which Hillary Clinton details some of her plans for Iraq, in the event she is elected President:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton foresees a “remaining military as well as political mission� in Iraq, and says that 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.

In a half-hour interview on Tuesday in her Senate office, Mrs. Clinton said the scaled-down American military force that she would maintain would stay off the streets in Baghdad and would no longer try to protect Iraqis from sectarian violence — even if it descended into ethnic cleansing.

As I said in the comments at Ed’s, this sounds insane. If our previous troop levels weren’t getting the job done in Iraq, how on earth are reduced troop levels going to do us any good? Does Clinton really think that we can “fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military” without setting foot on Baghdad streets or addressing sectarian violence?

If she thinks we should be out of there, then she should get us out of there. If she thinks we have an interest in staying there, then she should be willing to commit enough troops to do what needs to be done. Her “plan” is half-assery or worse.

Then there’s this:

She declined to estimate the number of American troops she would keep in Iraq, saying she would draw on the advice of military officers.

And if the military officers say we need more troops, rather than fewer troops? It seems likely, considering that that’s been the thinking among some in the military all along. What will Clinton do then?

As Kirk points out in the comments at Ed’s this is a prime example of her trying to have it both ways. Unfortunately, that just won’t fly in real life. I was ambivalent about Hillary before, but after reading this, I think she would be bad news as President, perhaps even dangerous. It will be a shame if she gets the Democratic nomination.

2 Responses to “Hillary in Charge”

  1. Cara Michele Says:

    “…half-assery…”

    giggle. ;)

  2. Laurie Says:

    Doesn’t surprise me at all. Hillary is all politician, all about votes.

    “It will be a shame if she gets the Democratic nomination.”

    I totally agree.