If you watched the MA05 WCVB debate you saw Tom Tierney try to say that Jim Ogonowski is the only man in America who thinks that going in to Iraq was wrong but that we should not precipitously leave now due to the damage that would be done to both the region and our national security. Well Tom it looks like a Democratic Congressman is coming around to Jim’s way of thinking which is very well reasoned.
Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) has recently visited Iraq and has come to the same conclusion as Jim. I wonder what Tom “The Democrat” Tierney will have to say about that.
U.S. Rep. Brian Baird said Thursday that his recent trip to Iraq convinced him the military needs more time in the region, and that a hasty pullout would cause chaos that helps Iran and harms U.S. security.
“I believe that the decision to invade Iraq and the post-invasion management of that country were among the largest foreign-policy mistakes in the history of our nation. I voted against them, and I still think they were the right votes,” Baird said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C.
“But we’re on the ground now. We have a responsibility to the Iraqi people and a strategic interest in making this work.”
Baird, a five-term Democrat, voted against President Bush ordering the Iraq invasion – at a time when he was in a minority in Congress and at risk of alienating voters. He returned late Tuesday from a trip that included stops in Israel, Jordan and Iraq, where he met troops, U.S. advisers and Iraqis, whose stories have convinced him that U.S. troops must stay longer.
Perhaps Representative Baird also read Jim Ogonowski’s Blueprint which was sent to every Congressman and Senator.