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Richardson Would Remove All Troops in 6 Months

Richardson is doing his darndest to make sure viewers know there is a difference between himself and "the Senators" when it comes to troop withdrawals.

He has twice emphasized his plan to remove ALL troops from Iraq in the next six months. "There is a difference between the Senators and me on when we get our troops out," said Richardson.

Gov. Bill Richardson
Gov. Bill Richardson

The Senators didn't take Richardson's rhetoric lying down. Sen. Joe Biden (Del.) said that removing all American troops would require removing any and all Americans from the country as well. And, Clinton again sounded a practical note; "Yes, we want to begin moving troops out," she said."But we want to do so safely, orderly and carefully."

-- Chris Cillizza

By Eric Pianin  |  July 23, 2007; 8:19 PM ET
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Bill Richardson is not a "warmonger." Per contra, Richardson somehow managed to dodge the draft while in college and grad school. (As did Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich and Rudy, etc.) One problem with Richardson is that he has been astoundingly two-faced and inept on the flood of illegal immigration. He doesn't want a border fence built, and Richardson (of Hispanic descent himself) wants to reward the children of illegal aliens not only with 12 years of public school courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, but with college help too. So Richardson is a total hypocrite re the flood of illegal aliens.

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Posted by: Phillip | July 26, 2007 4:36 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Biden it would take more than six months to remove all the troops if its done responsibly and carefully.

Posted by: sharon | July 23, 2007 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Richardson has a solid plan for Iraq that includes waging a diplomatic offensive in conjunction with the U.S. withdrawal. It's interesting that Biden attacks Richardson for advocating for a rapid troop withdrawal. Maybe Biden hasn't read his own plan for Iraq? Check out Biden's website site. Biden calls from a decrease in U.S. forces from the present level of 160,000 troops to 20,000 in six months. That sounds like a rapid withdrawal of forces to me. Of course, Biden will keep the 20,000 indefinitely. Richardson won't. He understands our troops are targets of all sides in a civil war that we can't resolve.

Posted by: Stephen Cassidy | July 23, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

D. Wayne must be thinking about someone else. Richardson is a good negotiator, has served as UN ambassador, has SAVED lives of hostages.

Posted by: NMAIF | July 23, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson is a war monger. He worships Moloch at Bohemian Grove along with the Bush's and Clinton's. He would never end a war unless he had another one planned.

Posted by: D.Wayne | July 23, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Richardson, otherwise a relatively conservative D, is trying to outflank Edwards on the left about Iraq. Too bad. He should listen to Biden.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 23, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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