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Heartland's John Kasich - "this is a civil war in Iraq"

Reported by Chrish - December 7, 2006 -

Eight days ago Bill O'Reilly called GE-owned NBC "the most aggressive anti-Bush network these days, as they have made a calculated effort to woo left-wing viewers," because they had begun to concede that there is indeed a civil war in Iraq. Today 12/7/06 on The Big Story with John Gibson, John Kasich (Heartland, FNC) said "I have finally come to the conclusion that this is a civil war in Iraq." Hmm. Hmmmmm.

Kasich made that statement after being shown the front page of the New York Post (not identified as another News Corp. holding) and being asked if he agreed with the assessment.


Kasich, exhibiting some independence from his usual FOX/White House allegiance, was in agreement with some of the recommendations. Specifically, he said he believes the US needs to get the trainers in there and, over time, maybe a year, put more responsibility on the Iraqis and begin removing our combat forces - that increasingly needs to be our goal.

Comment: Excuse me, get the trainers in there? Haven't we had them there for a couple of years? Has the Bush administration been fibbing about "standing them up" so we can stand down? This is a new strategy???

Gibson noted that some Republicans are "just saying no" the the ISG recommendations, among them Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, and he asked Kasich which recommendations Bush should adopt?

Kasich repeated that he thinks "we need trainers over there" and they need to be protected, and we need Special Forces to stay there to destroy terrorist leaders. Additionally, he disagrees with the group's rejection of a divided Iraq; he feels "we" will end up with Shia in the south, Sunnis in the middle, and Kurds in the north.

Kasich has no problem with talks with Iran, as long as they do not include a "wink and a nod" toward Iran's (alleged) intent to develop nuclear weapons. Nuclear proliferation is the single greatest threat to the next generation, he believes.

Hallelujah, he's seen the light. What will Bill O'Reilly call Kasich? I'll let you know.

For the record, Kasich did state emphatically that "Iran is intent on it" (developing nuclear weapons). Iran has repeatedly denied it and as a signator on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty they are under the watchful eye of the IAEA, which finds no evidence of nuclear weapons programs. Before we start throwing around the "naive" label, let's remember how the press aided the Bush administration in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, with all that certain "reporting" of WMDs. Some of us did not believe the government or the media then and some of us are still extremely skeptical.