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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

OH-6: Iraq Trip Confirms Wilson (D) Support for Withdrawal From Iraq

Just returned from a five-day trip to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-St.Clairsville) didn't see anything to change his mind about calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq within six months. In fact, Wilson told the Youngstown Vindicator that Iraq is a "surreal situation":
While traveling in Baghdad, Wilson said there were deep craters in the roads caused by explosives. Also, he said, the number of suicide bombers is on the rise.

“There’s a real sense you have to be on guard in Iraq,” he said.

Wilson went to Iraq to see if there is any progress being made and to see if there’s a reason for a continued presence there of U.S. troops. Wilson couldn’t find a reason to continue to put U.S. soldiers in a dangerous and deadly situation.

Wilson estimates it would take at least 10 years to restore order to Iraq.

“That’s 10 years too long,” he said.
Quoted in a related article, Wilson adds:
"...We don't have the time or the resources [to remain in Iraq.] The president is calling for more money and more patience, but there's no political progress. There's no reason to do this for another 10 years."
Wilson voted for troop withdrawal in April, and will have another opportunity to do so shortly.

Polling since the Congressional testimony of Gen. Petraeus shows that most minds outside the beltway have not been changed about Iraq. A majority of Iraqis say that the "surge" has failed, a huge majority (72%) of our own troops say the U.S. should leave Iraq within a year, and the Strategic Visions poll released this morning shows that far more Ohioans want us out than want us to stay. There is plenty of public support for resisting the Bush administration's call to stay the course in Iraq, and it is encouraging that Rep. Wilson, a Blue Dog Democrat, will continue to vote for a phased withdrawal.


At September 19, 2007 1:41 PM , Brian said...


How do you quantify your title that Wilson is “anti-war?” After doing a NEXIS search I can find nothing in any publication in which Wilson has stated that he is “anti-war.”

Please explain.

At September 19, 2007 1:56 PM , Jeff said...

According to the Vindicator article that is linked, Wilson voted for the 180-day troop withdrawal deadline attached to a military funding bill last April that ultimately failed.

Blogger David Potts of Left of Ohio participated in a conference call with Rep. Wilson on September 13th in which Wilson said that he opposed a quick pullout, but supports a phased troop withdrawal, and "the sooner and the bigger we do it, the better off we are going to be."

At September 19, 2007 2:14 PM , Brian said...


That in itself does not quantify as being “anti-war.” All that says is that he is for a withdrawal of troops from the current conflict. Again, there is nothing in writing that explicitly states Wilson is “anti-war.” Respectfully, your statement is inaccurate.

At September 19, 2007 3:15 PM , Jeff said...

Well, he is certainly "Anti-Iraq War." Nevertheless, since you raise the possible interpretation that I'm saying Wilson is opposed to ALL wars, I have changed the title.

At September 19, 2007 5:30 PM , Brian said...

Thanks; by virtue of Wilson being a "bluedog" Democrat, it would be unlikely he would be "anti-war."

In this I have a big problem with Wilson being hypocritical. Within the district he makes a big deal out of being a “bluedog,” you remember when the right was “blue” and the left was “red,” but in reality he is nothing more than lackey for Pelosi. Look if you’re a leftist then say “I’m a leftist,” but don’t stroke me and tell me you are a “conservative” democrat and then after one trip to Iraq, are on the leftist band wagon.

I can understand being against the war in Iraq, as Conservative I was against the invasion, and I actually understand true pacifists, while disagreeing with them. But I have had enough of the political BS between the republicrats and democrat socialists. Anyway enough of my rambling.


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