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Mitt Romney Does Not Support the War Effort in Iraq?

I wonder if many people know about this?

Via David Freddoso at NRO The Corner: re: McCain and Iraq

If I can go back a few months to this piece, Mitt Romney and (of course) Ron Paul are the only Republican candidates who have not explicitly endorsed the invasion as something we were right to do in the first place.

…Romney supports the Iraq-war effort today, says he is glad to see Saddam Hussein gone, and opposes a withdrawal timetable. He says he will not second-guess President Bush (or Sen. Hillary Clinton) for going to war based on the intelligence then available in the risky post-9/11 world. Yet he is unique among the serious Republican presidential contenders because he has never said he would do it all over again, and they all have.

Asked in a June 7 debate whether it had been a mistake to invade Iraq “knowing everything you know right now,” he refused twice to answer. He called the question an “unreasonable hypothetical” and said that the issue was a “non-sequitur” and a “null set” (he meant to say “moot point”) because we’re already in Iraq… This has been a staple of his recent war rhetoric, in contrast to his more hawkish rivals…

UPDATE: Speaking of which, here is Romney today putting some daylight between himself and Bush on the handling of the war.

That’s great, Mitt. You know, at least Ron Paul has the courage of his convictions to say that he disagrees with the war effort. Meanwhile, you refuse to answer, ducking the question so as not to give a politically bad answer. Nice.

Here is an exerpt from the link above:

Romney says Bush mismanaged Iraq war

JOHNSTON, Iowa (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Tuesday the Bush administration mismanaged the Iraq war, distancing himself from his party’s unpopular president two days before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

“I think we did a less than effective job in managing the conflict following the collapse of Saddam Hussein,” the former Massachusetts governor said at a news conference. “I think we were under prepared for what occurred, understaffed, under planned, and, in some respects, under managed.”

That’s brilliant, Mitt. Got any original statements that have not already been made by every anti-The Long War (on terror) Leftist?

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January 1, 2008 , 5:21PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Mitt Romney, The Long War, War Effort in Iraq

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