Former Sen. Max Cleland Calls For An Exit From Iraq
May 13 (EIRNS)--Former Sen. Max Cleland, a Vietnam vet, appeared on CNN Late Edition after Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's recitation of the Administration line. Asked at the outset by Wolf Blitzer what he thought of McConnell's remarks, Cleland commented that "Now I see why the minority leader of the U.S. Senate is the minority leader. His position is backed up by the 28 percent who back George Bush and the 9 percent who back Dick Cheney."
Cleland during the interview called for an exit strategy which is based not on benchmarks about what might happen, but on a strategy to get out: "That's what the timetables by the Democrats in the Senate and House, that's what that was all about. You have a slow withdrawal, and you plan it out." He called for the removal of the ground troops from Iraq, to go after al Qaida worldwide: "We have to bring back our ground forces out of Iraq and reconstitute them because they have been bled to death almost, and the equipment is pretty much shot, and refocus on al Qaida."