The Senate resolution sponsored by John Kerry two weeks ago would have required American forces to leave Iraq within one year of its passage.
I wonder what he thinks now that 11 insurgent groups have indicated they want to give our forces twice as long to quit the country?
Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered an immediate halt to all attacks â€” including those on American troops â€” if the United States agrees to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in two years, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Withdrawal is the centerpiece of a set of demands from the groups, which operate north of Baghdad in the heavily Sunni Arab provinces of Salahuddin and Diyala. Although much of the fighting has been to the west, those provinces are increasingly violent and attacks there have crippled oil and commerce routes.
The groups who’ve made contact have largely shunned attacks on Iraqi civilians, focusing instead on the U.S.-led coalition forces. Their offer coincides with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s decision to reach out to the Sunni insurgency with a reconciliation plan that includes an amnesty for fighters.
When groups that are killing American soldiers recognize that a precipitous withdrawal of American troops would be bad for their country given the tenuous security situation, one has to wonder if the 13 Senate Democrats who voted for Kerry’s cut and run resolution are more eager to hand a victory to the insurgency – a large chunk of which now wants to negotiate – than they are to achieve even a modicum of peace and stability in Iraq.
In short, the enemy is willing to give our troops more time to succeed than John Kerry.
And this guy still wants to be President?