According to the Stamford Advocate on August 16th:
Democratic congressional challenger Diane Farrell is against "staying the course" in Iraq, but she also opposes setting a withdrawal date for the U.S. Military.
"I think when people start talking timetable, they start thinking dates certain in their mind, " she said yesterday during a news conference at Norwalk City Hall. "A date-certain timetable is not realistic."
Well no kidding Diane. I'm glad you finally woke-up.
The article continues:
The country's strategy should involve meeting with the warring factions and getting them to agree on their roles in the new Iraqi government, she said.
Shays, who is leaving this week for his 14th trip to Iraq, said the diplomatic strategy Farrell described is exactly what he hopes to accomplish each time he visits the country.
"She is showing a tremendous lack of knowledge," Shays said in a telephone interview. "That is what we are doing every day."
Farrell has criticized Shays for his trips to Iraq and said in a statement after her news conference yesterday that it shouldn't take another personal visit from the Republican incumbent to see that "the situation continues to deteriorate and to understand that the present course is not working."
I'm sorry but I gotta ask, what the hell is wrong with this woman? Is she really this clueless? Where was she she when the Iraqi Prime Minister visited the White House? Maybe on an abandoned island in the middle of the polar ice cap with no power? What does she think Shays does in Iraq; go to the beach?
Since you seem to be almost brain-dead Diane, did you know that Senator Lieberman's campaign took the time to point out that your new found stance must be "well within the Connecticut Democrat mainstream" according to Dan Gerstein? And since it appears you now have the same position as Mr. Shays, why on earth would anyone want to vote for you if they disagree with him on the war? Doesn't seem like you know what distancing yourself from your opponent means.
From another Stamford Advocate article:
Though she supported Lieberman in the primary, Farrell has said she disagreed with him on the war. Lieberman and Shays' views on the war are closely aligned. Both have described Iraq a critical theater in the global war on terrorism. Farrell faced tough questions from several audience members about the war, however.
"There seems to be a lot of confusion about where you stand on the issue," said Murray Paroly, a Greenwich Democrat.
Farrell said she has been consistent on her opposition to the war and that efforts to characterize her as wavering on the issue were politically inspired.
Other Democrats appealed to Farrell to reconsider her position on another delicate issue related to the war -- the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
"I was very disappointed when you were not for a firm date for withdrawing troops," former Democratic Town Committee Chairman Betty Bonsal said.
Farrell said that while she is as eager as anyone to bring the troops home, she was reluctant to back a specific timetable.
"None of the people supporting that opinion are military experts," Farrell said.
Billed by her campaign as a community forum for citizens to bring questions, concerns and comments, Farrell spent most of the hour-long meeting attacking Shays, to whom she lost 52-48 in 2004.
On the Iraq war, Farrell criticized Shays' 14 trips to the war-torn country, saying that they did little paint an accurate picture of the conditions on the ground there. Farrell also accused Shays of painting a rosier picture of the situation.
Well at least other people are asking the important question. "Who are you?" And Diane, when did you last visit Iraq? I for one praise Mr. Shays for taking the time to go to Iraq and see first hand what is going on. Not only does he go to Iraq but when Shays returns, he forwards a list of recommendations to the White House and Pentagon after each visit. This proactive approach is certainly better than criticizing others and offering no alternative solution. And yes, I looked at your website Diane. In fact, let's show the people what you have to say.
Here are the main talking points from Farrell's website followed by my editorial after each:
* Have Congress step up to its proper oversight role and get the administration to articulate and implement a transition plan in which the U.S. will reduce its role and begin to bring troops home. Last time I checked, Diane is not a military expert...Congressional oversight is one thing but they shouldn't be writing the exit strategy
* Set achievement benchmarks, rather than dates, for implementing such a pullback. You mean like Shays and Lieberman?
* Begin meaningful Congressional oversight of all aspects of Iraq engagement including reconstruction, private contractors, equipment, and expenditures. Unlike the current Congressional leadership, demand accountability from the Bush administration on all aspects of Iraq involvement. And this different from Shays in what way?
* Renew pressure on the administration to remove Donald Rumsfeld as defense secretary. I think the President has been pretty clear on this one...And what makes you think he would listen to a freshman Democrat?
* Recommit to forming a true international coalition with strong Middle Eastern roots that will oversee a collaborative assistance effort for Iraq. Right...so you will make the difference to France, Germany, et al jumping back in?
* Respect the ethnic affiliations of the Iraqi people and work with all parties to establish a cooperative relationship among them. You mean like the President has been trying to do and Shays has worked for as well...Again, stating the obvious and the position of the administration.
* Establish an honest, realistic and timely war funding plan instead of the Republican-supported administration method of emergency supplemental funding bills which makes it impossible to develop a true military finance plan. This one I agree with Farrell on. She actually sounds, dare I say it, like a Republican on this one and she is right.
I just don't get this campaign Farrell is running. She criticizes Shays and the administration for their policy and then recreates an almost identical plan of "her own". A lot of people, including myself, thought that Lieberman's campaign during the primary was the worst one ever. I think I may have to reconsider...
A close race? I think not.
Mark Ginocchio, Farrell opposes setting date to bring troops home , Stamford Advocate, August 16, 2006
Neil Vigdor, Farrell rips Lieberman, Shays for war stance , Stamford Advocate, August 18, 2006
www.farrellforcongress.com, Issue Topics: Iraq