This afternoon the Natick Democratic Town Committee hosted a forum featuring John Kerry on the subject of the Iraq war. It presented an opportunity for citizens to question the Senator on his positions regarding the war, withdrawal, and what happens next. And a lively forum it was, too. I’ve posted a blow-by-blow of the forum on MetroLeft.
In summary, Kerry presented very compelling arguments for what we need to do next: Begin a withdrawal and provide the support and resources for Iraqi politicians to start making real choices and take responsibility for their nation. As long as we are there, we are a handy scapegoat for them and a reason not to really do anything.
Kerry heavily promoted the idea of a regional conference involving all the stakeholders (not just the national governments) about what the stakes actually are, and what we can do about it. Negotiation, he argued, would be the key to solving the problem, which cannot be solved militarily.
It seems unlikely that the current administration will do anything of the kind, though… they’ve had many opportunities to step up to the plate, and have not yet done so, politically and diplomatically. So the question of what comes next is still wide open.