Ladies And Gentlemen, The Next Secretary Of State, Bill Richardson

So if this is true (“. . . [T]he president has been sending advice, mostly through aides, aimed at preventing an abrupt withdrawal from Iraq in the event of a Democratic victory in November 2008 . . . So far, Bush has been encouraged by the fact that Democratic candidates are preserving enough wiggle room in their anti-war rhetoric to enable them to keep at least some troops in Iraq.”), then are we to assume from this that Bill Richardson is not a serious candidate? Or maybe that was obvious long, long ago:

RAY SUAREZ: Now, your campaign has announced a one-point program in this season of debate, what to do about Iraq. A one-point program, what is it?

GOV. BILL RICHARDSON: It’s get all our troops out so that the war can end. And I have a difference with the other Democratic candidates, Senators Obama, Clinton, Edwards, all who want to keep residual troops, anywhere between 50,000 to 75,000, after withdrawing all combat troops. And my position is that the war can only end, peace can come to Iraq with a compromise or an all-Muslim peacekeeping force or a donor conference, a political compromise can only happen only if we get every one of our troops out, because they become targets.

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