Duncan Hunter on CNN
"My recommendation, and I'm sending a formal analysis of this to the president and to the secretary of defense, is this: You have 129 operational battalions in the Iraqi military. Let's move every single one of them through a combat rotation because that matures a force much better than drill and ceremony at some remote tarmac. So let's move them all through the battle, get them all battle-hardened.
And when we've done that, we hand that security burden off to the Iraqis. And at that point they're going to have as much violence as they're willing to politically tolerate. But self-determination is self-determination." (LINK to transcript)
Indeed. We all can agree it is time for Iraq to step up. Hunter's recommendation here is a must do. The plan will not guarantee success, but we can evaluate the Iraqi forces and see where they are lagging. I also agree that combat will establish morale and self determination. This vision sure beats the disappointing rhetoric that is coming from my two senators these past few weeks. I dare say it also beats what is coming from the White House. This plan can put more Iraqis on the streets and less Americans. It would serve as a baseline as to where we stand in this war. If these 129 battalions stand strong, we can hopefully begin to bring our troops home in victory. That word Victory is something I would like to hear my two senators use every time they speak about this war.
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