July 23rd, 2007
07:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Question #394: How do we pull out now?

Mitch from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(CNN) - Mitch from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania asks: "How do we pull out now?"

What did you think about the candidates' response to the question? What would you have asked? Add your comment below, or better yet, turn on your camera to record your commentary and reaction video and send in your I-Report. Your comments below or you I-Report video could be part of CNN's post-debate coverage.


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  1. Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois

    Obama's answer to this question was fantastic! There is no military solution. I thought Obama's statement about it being hot for the soldiers fighting in Iraq as well, was right on. We have to put pressure on the Iraqi government to take control of there nation and take responsibility for the freedom that they have been given.

    July 23, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Brie, Somerville, MA

    How do we pull out now? We pull out now because the Iraqi parliament is content to go on vacation while our troops patrol their country, getting shot at, wounded, and being killed every day. I can't believe there hasn't been more of an outcry that the Iraqi parliament thinks it's "too hot" (according to White House spokesperson Tony Snow) to work in August. Fine! Then it's "too hot" for U.S. troops to stay any longer as well. Enough is enough.

    July 23, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Chris, Seattle, WA

    The Bush administration has no intention of pulling out. The US is building town-size military bases, many of them! These are permanent facilities. We have no intention of getting out of Iraq. Let's tell the truth.

    July 23, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Jennifer Bell, Alloway, New Jersey

    Joe Biden is the only candidate to answer this question honestly and accurately. As much as all of us want our troops home now, it is a physical impossibility. While all the other democratic candidates say what Americans want to hear, Joe Biden is the only democrat to be honest and say what the American people need to hear, the truth. Biden has been the only United States Senator to engineer a plan to "pull out." It's time that America listen to what he has to say.

    July 23, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Mike, Camp Taji, Iraq

    I am a sergeant in the United States Army currently serving in Iraq. The actual question itself here speaks volumes. "How" do we pull out, as opposed to asking if we should. It was probably asked more in the spirit of the latter, but "how" we could even accomplish such a withdrawl should be question that is asked more often. It is a very popular stance with the democratic base to champion the cause for immediate withdrawl. However, such a pull-out isn't even feasible in the near-term. In terms of people and equipment on the ground, military and civilian alike, leaving this country will take many years. To push for a kind of immediate exodus would put American and Iraqi lives at greater risk, and leave a power vacuum that the Iraqi government is no where near prepared to deal with. I don't dispute that we are in a very difficult situation here in Iraq, and we can't stay here forever. It bothers me though when candidates ignore the reality of what is even possible just to placate their base and garner more votes.

    July 23, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Jack, Durham, NC

    I don’t dispute that we are in a very difficult situation here in Iraq, and we can’t stay here forever. It bothers me though when candidates ignore the reality of what is even possible just to placate their base and garner more votes.

    THANK YOU for your service and THANK YOU for telling it like it is, Mike. Reality is not something most Democrats are comfortable with, which is why they are Democrats in the first place.

    If any of these candidates are actually elected, they're in for a rude awakening when they finally discover how far from reality their campaign rhetoric is.

    By that time, unfortunately, it will be too late for the nation to fix its error.

    July 23, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Chris, Seattle, WA

    Reality is not something most Democrats are comfortable with, which is why they are Democrats in the first place.

    Wow. Great arguement. And republicans are so in touch with reality, like making abortion illegal will stop all abortions and a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage will stop people from being gay. And fighting a war on drugs that does more harm than the drugs themselves.

    Very realistic indeed.

    July 28, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |