Speaking with reporters afterward, Kerry argued that stability in Iraq is his top priority and dismissed the notion of withdrawing U.S. troops. He indicated he would support any request for more U.S. forces in Iraq. Bush, at his news conference this week, said he would support an increased U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Defense officials said Wednesday that more than 20,000 U.S. soldiers who were to return to their bases in Louisiana and Germany this month will be kept in Iraq to help combat the surge in anti-occupation violence.
"I think the vast majority of the American people understand that it's important to not just cut and run," Kerry said. "I don't believe in a cut-and-run philosophy."
Kerry, arguing that there are "very real differences" between him and Bush on Iraq, said, "I believe it is possible to reduce the cost and the burden and the risk to American soldiers."
"We shouldn't only be tough, we have to be smart. And there's a smarter way to accomplish this mission than this president is pursuing," he told reporters.
I disagree with Kerry on several key issues, but this statement above could play very well with the nation public. Although, in the end, I really don't know if there is a better way to do things in Iraq. Although, people really like to hear leaders say that and will vote for those who do.