Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) made headlines last week when he announced his support for the United States to set a detailed timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq (a position the majority of Americans support). But this quote that Feingold related on Sunday’s Meet the Press has been virtually ignored:
Let me tell you the conversation I had in the Green Zone [with] one of the top generals in Iraq when I was there with Senator Clinton and Senator McCain. I said, “Off the record, your own view, would it help if we had a timeline to let the world know that we’re not staying here forever?” And this is what he said, verbatim. He said, “Nothing would take the wind out of the sails of the insurgents more than having a timeline in place.”
The media needs to follow up on Feingold’s statement and find out why this general’s advice is being dismissed.