(CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, says diplomacy won't work in Iraq until U.S. troops have left.
"The diplomatic work cannot begin to heal Iraq, to protect our interests without our troops out," he said in Monday night's debate.
Iran and Syria are calling for the United States to leave, but an important U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, which borders Iraq, has specifically warned that a precipitous American pullout could prompt the Saudis and other Sunni block nations to lend military aid to Sunni Muslims in Iraq– a warning that doesn't bode well for the prospects for diplomacy.
– CNN State Dept. Producer Elise Labott