Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Presidential hopeful has been asking for immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq for months. Now he has asked for more as he feels U.S. presence is needed elsewhere to fight terrorism. His premise is confusing as well as contradictory. Feingold writes in The Huffington Post:
The first step in creating a strong national security policy is recognizing that our massive presence in Iraq weakens our national security. Our Iraq-centric policies are diverting resources and attention from other places around the world where terrorist networks that threaten the U.S. are operating. We need to redeploy troops from Iraq so that we can focus resources on global terrorist networks and the conditions throughout the world that allow them to take root and thrive. I have repeatedly called for our troops to redeploy from Iraq by the end of 2006, and have filed an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill -- which the Senate will be taking up next week -- that would give that deadline the force of law.
This strategy must focus on developing strong partnerships with countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mali, focused not only on security assistance, but on the development of a strong rule of law, respect for human rights, and fighting corruption.
A comprehensive strategy to fight terrorism must also address countries like Somalia. Failed states like Somalia are the breeding grounds for terrorism and instability. We know that this East African country is home to a range of terrorist and criminal networks that operate throughout the region. Yet, the U.S. government currently has no strategy to eliminate the conditions that allow these terrorists to train, equip, rest, and plan.
We should redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year so that we can refocus on our true mission in the wake of 9/11: defeating the global terrorist networks that threaten us.
Feingold believes the terrorist network in Iraq is there because of "resentment" towards American "occupiers," so we should get out. However, he doesn't reconcile why terrorists are in other countries where American troop presence does not exist. Would redeployment to other foreign lands cause more resentment to the United States?
Pundits such as Feingold and Representative Murtha (D-PA) spew their negativity about the war on terror, wish to cut and run and then suggest redeployment to other foreign countries.
Next I suppose they would reinstitute the draft. They pretend to be anti-war, they are only anti-Bush. They blame U.S. military presence for terrorist buildup and call the U.S. occupiers. They don't have a real plan for solving terrorism, they only want power and higher office. They don't see the positive results in Iraq only the liberal media presentation.