LaRouche On the Significance of Melvin Laird's Model for Withdrawal from Iraq

29 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><p>June 29, 2007 (LPAC)--Melvin Laird, who was secretary of defense during the Vietnam war from 1969 to 1973 and counselor to the president for domestic affairs in 1973 and 1974, penned an op ed. in the <em>Washington Post</em> entitled "A Model for Responsible Withdrawal." Coming days after Sen. Richard Lugar's speech calling for a new direction in Iraq, Laird puts forward the plan he implemented for "Vietnamization" of the Vietnam war and the withdrawal of U.S. troops based on improvement of South Vietnamese forces as various readiness goals were achieved as a model for Iraq today. As he reports, beginning in 1969 he had turned down a request for more American troops. As he puts it: "There would be no more 'surges' in American military personnel--only reductions."</p><p>After calling for the same kind of "well-devised plan for withdrawal over time" in Iraq, Laird says "the secretary of defense must assert his leadership. We have found out that we cannot run a war or plan its execution or conclusion from the White House or the vice president's office."</p><p>Lyndon LaRouche's assessment of Laird's piece in the context of other developments is that the Republican Party is faced with a challenge. They have to make up their minds as to what they will do. Faced with a new general election, they don't want to go down in defeat with the Cheney-Bush albatross around their necks. They are trying to mobilize their Republican constituency, but to do that they need to rally their base independent of Bush and Cheney. They have to pick an issue with which they can rally the Republican base and swing the Democrats. The one issue they have is the issue of getting out of Iraq. They know that they need to get out of Iraq now or they will be in deep kimchee.</p><p>There is agreement in the Democratic base, despite Nancy Pelosi, that the war must be brought to an end. But the argument used against this perspective is that they don't have the majority needed to pull it off. The Republicans, on the other hand, know that if they don't get out of this trap, they may become a lost cause. And they only have a short time to agree upon a new perspective regarding the war. Both parties agree, therefore, despite Pelosi's stubbornness, on the need to get Cheney out of office and withdraw from Iraq. Under these conditions Democrats could stop acting like fools. On this basis, Democrats and Republicans can come together on both sides of the aisle to begin to solve the nation's problems.</p></div></body>