"60 former service members are challengers for the House or the Senate as Democrats, including a half-dozen who served in Iraq. The Democrats are not shy about military résumés. Among their promotions is a “Fighting Dems” Web site bearing the subtitle, “Back from the front lines, headed to Congress.”
Polls show Ms. Duckworth and her Republican opponent, Peter J. Roskam, locked in a competitive contest. About half a dozen other races with veterans running as Democrats in places like Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia are also seen as competitive, meaning the veterans could help tip the balance of power in Congress if they do well.
Many of the other veterans running as Democrats, though, are unlikely to be headed to Congress this season, analysts say, and a few complain that the party remembers them for promotions, but forgets them when it comes to money.
The Republicans have 41 challengers with military experience making bids for the House or the Senate, two of them Iraq veterans, but the party has not publicly focused as much on that group’s service."
It is apparent that the Democrats have been finding more candidates that the Republicans. I found this Independent candidate from Southern New Jersey and took note of his plan for Iraq. It seems to be about as good as anything else I have seen, but put it to you. Is this a sensible plan that would work?
A New Strategy For Iraq,
Bob Mullock for United States Congress New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District
"Taking a state whole is superior, destroyed it is inferior. Taking an army whole is superior, destroying it is inferior'' The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
"The Art Of War'' is taught in every U.S. military academy. The "Shock and Awe" strategy of the Bush Administration is a continuing failure that violates the basic principals of war. Destroying Iraqi institutions and dismissing the Iraqi army will be studied as historic blunders.
Personally, I opposed this war in Iraq. I agreed with George Bush's father whose intelligent approach in the first lraq war cost relatively few American lives, just five billion dollars (fourteen days of this Iraq war), kept a bulwark against Iran and was supported around the world. Saddam Hussein could have been removed much like Slobodon Milocivich in the Balkans
Five Strategic Steps
First, define the enemy. Iran that attacked the U.S. territory at our embassy, imprisoned our citizens, supported the Taliban who helped foment 9/ 11 and threatens our key ally Israel with obliteration is a dangerous foe. Likewise Hezbollah and to a degree Syria are our opponents and are Shi'a Moslem based.
Why then is the U.S. trying to put the Shi'a in charge of Iraq? Already the Shi'a prime minister of Iraq has announced support for Hezbollah. Eighty five percent of Muslims around the world are Sunni including many key American allies. Should we really be spending so much effort and American lives on promoting the Shi'a?
Second, decide what is important and favorable for the U.S. Strongly support the establishment of three states in Iraq:
- A Kurdish state that is a natural ally to the U.S.
- A Sunni state that could be an ally and
- A Shi'a state that will likely ally with Iran.
Allow the militias of each state to control their own territories. Use American air power to mitigate military action between the states.
Third, nationalize under a weak Iraq central government the oil industry, key ports, airports, water resources and cities. Allocate the resources with the three states.
After the reorganization, limit the American role. We can help minimize the civil war, we cannot stop a civil war centuries in the making. Stop the training and arming of a 250,000 man Iraqi army. If each state provides its own security such a large force is not needed.
A much smaller, more tightly controlled force will be sustainable and accountable. Already major elements of the national army have been involved in death squads, torture prisons and have refused assignments outside their region. Why provide the world' s best military training by American forces to future Hezbollah volunteers?
Fourth. Stop all economic reconstruction projects until after the reorganization. Fifty percent of all development money is now being wasted on security and little is being accomplished any way. Invest only in peaceful states who ally themselves with the U.S. Encourage oil producing nearby countries to also so invest. Saudi Arabia will be a natural Sunni sponsor to a Sunni state.
Fifth. Within six months, as militarily prudent, pull U.S. troops "over the horizon" to Kuwait and Qatar and limited support bases to key areas such as in support of the Kurds, oil fields and the Green Zone. Our goal as the United States should be to encourage Iraq to progress to a democratic country.
We can provide the opportunity for peace and democracy. We just shouldn't try to force it at the end of a gun.