Senator Clinton’s request to the Defense Department about plans for eventual evacuation from Iraq received a response from Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman who claimed her question aided the enemy and drew an analogy to the departure from Vietnam.
Republican Senator Lugar asked a similar question and was not attacked by the Defense Department. Senator Clinton’s question was pertinent, but what is more disturbing is the nasty remark which infers no such planning has taken place. Who is kidding who? Of course, the Defense Department has been studying the question and making plans. If not, who the hell is in charge. Any military leader must make contingency plans about retreat, if not, they are incompetent.