BIRD DOGGING TALKING POINTS
Some questions for Barack
1. When you speak of “residual forces”
remaining in Iraq, how many troops do you envision
leaving on the ground and for how long? Would the
National Guard be among the first to return home?
2. Although you say there will be no “permanent
bases” in Iraq, where exactly will the “residual
forces” be located? One assumes they will be
in heavily fortified areas that might be described
as “enduring (if not permanent) military bases.”
3. What will happen to the tens of thousands of private
American contractors currently on the ground in Iraq?
The U.S. Pentagon recently signed a $150-billion ten-year
contract with Kellogg, Brown & Root. What will
KBR be doing in Iraq for the next ten years?
4. What will be the process for negotiating any bilateral
agreement between the Iraqi and U.S. governments?
Do you believe that the U.S. Congress and the Iraqi
parliament should be part of any formal review and
5. If a military solution to the political problems
in Iraq was not possible, how is a military solution
any more likely in Afghanistan? The Soviet attempt
to control Afghanistan resulted in the dissolution
of the Soviet Union. Why would a U.S. military effort
be any more successful?
Talking Points about Iraq:
The American people have made it clear they want
an end to America's military adventurism in Iraq
and the Middle East, but to achieve this goal Obama
and the Democratic Party need to commit to the following:
1. No permanent (or enduring or “long-term”)
military bases in Iraq.
2. The immediate withdrawal of American “contractors”
(i.e. Blackwater mercenaries).
3. An end to the coercive “privatization”
of Iraq's resources (i.e., the handover of their
oil and mineral wealth to American corporations).
4. Substantive diplomacy without preconditions with
Iran, and a suspension of all military provocations
and CIA “black” operations inside Iran.
5. A genuine commitment to the rebuilding Iraq and
Afghanistan – without the endless gravy train
of billion-dollar “no-bid” contracts to
Cheney's Halliburton and others.
6. A clear and unequivocal timetable for withdrawal