by SamInDC, Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 06:56:19 PM EST
As Iraq crumbles into civil war and more troops become endangered in this quagmire, it is time for Democrats offer specific solutions for this war. In essence, I think the party should call for a Peace Summit, where leaders from the left and center lock themselves in room until they can formulate concrete proposals on how to return our troops without causing a humanitarian catastrophe in the Middle East.
The president has no plan whatsoever. The Democrats and left have made noise and criticized, but are yet to offer concrete solutions. Granted, some have offered solutions, but as a party we are awfully quiet on the subject. There is a leadership void in this crisis and no solutions are being offered.
As Democrats, we are the party of solutions. When America has been in crisis, it was Democrats who came to the rescue with real solutions. All one needs to do is look back at WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the civil rights movement, and the Clinton prosperity following the Reagan recessions of the 1980's and early 1990's.
It is irresponsible and immoral for our party to just trust the president to solve this mess. It is also wrong for us to solely suggest pullout without any discussion of the complex realities entailed in immediate pullout. We need to give the country specific solutions.
We hear our senators call for benchmarks, in lieu of calls for withdrawal, but this is insincere since no specifics have been offered. We also hear conservatives in the party blast the "liberal" base for just calling for immediate pullout, but little is offered in the alternative. Likewise, the left knows better than to solely call for a pullout without considering the potential humanitarian crisis caused by instability in Iraq. Unfortunately, the conversation as to what we should is not being had. There must be some common ground and a rational solution out there. I think that it is about time we give the public a concrete solution.
I suggest the netroots conduct a ten day comment period for concrete suggestions for how we should deal with the Iraq war and its aftermath in the Middle East. The suggestions from the web should then be relayed to a conference of key leaders from the current crop of elected officials, as well as foreign policy leadership from the Clinton administration and academics who are knowledgeable on the region. There is no excuse for us to not be able to sit down and hammer out what should be done to rescue our international credibility, avoid a humanitarian crisis in Iraq, and bring our troops home safely. We have the people with experience. Isn't it about time we use them?
True leaders stand for principle and take charge when there is a void in leadership. As the party of solutions, this is our time to lead and rescue the world from this current foreign policy disaster.