Saturday, January 13, 2007

Possibly the right guy, definitely the right questions

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said that he, along with most Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans, believe sending more troops compounds a bad situation. Walz, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, said diplomatic and political solutions are needed, not more troops.

"Before moving forward with this escalation, we owe it to these troops, to their families, and to all Americans to ask the tough questions and demand honest answers about this policy," Walz said in the Democrats' Saturday radio address.

"Is there a clear strategy that the commanders on the ground believe will succeed?" Walz said. "What are the benchmarks for success, and how long does the president believe it will take to achieve them? Is this a policy that will contribute to the America's security in the larger war on terror, or distract from it?"

I believe Walz is on target insisting that the Congress and the public have a right to know what the strategy is, what constitutes success, what the timetable is, and how the "surge" fits into the overall, long-time goal of addressing the global terrorism that this administration's policies have done as much or more to enhance as they have done to contain.