Saturday, January 12, 2008

Can we get on with this?

Once we have gotten over the surprise Clinton victory in New Hampshire and the alleged role of media misogyny, pundit piling on and furious females, there are some rawther serious issues that deserve the candidates' attention. Anybody remember there's a war on? The New York Times editorial board does and helpfully provides the key questions to ask about Iraq and what happens after the troop surge becomes untenable. Here they are, since the Times site requires registration:

" What is to become of the thousands of Iraqis who helped America and its coalition partners as translators, drivers and fixers and will face retribution? What will be the nature and content of a long-term agreement on future Iraqi-American relations? Will Congress have a say in it? Will the United States retain bases in Iraq or elsewhere in the region? How will a new president seek to enlist key regional countries in stabilizing Iraq? How will a new president improve on Mr. Bush’s failure to facilitate political conciliation? Should the United Nations be involved?"

There are hints of other Iraq-related issues in tomorrow's Times that Popessa has touched on recently, e.g. the l00+ returned Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who have been charged with murder. So I hope we can get beyond the conceit of helping Mrs. Clinton break the glass Presidential ceiling and press all of them for the best answers they can give to those questions above. We are going to need all the help we can get.


Blogger Mr. Natural said...

The last few go-rounds, I don't remember ANY anointed candidate asking or answering real questions, do you?

I am so goddamned dis-spirited these days...Hillary and Obama...MUMBLE MUMBLE GRRNBDGGR - GREAT NON-CHOICE.

7:26 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

There are many questions that all the candidates should have to answer. The MSM is not interested in asking them.

2:29 PM  

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