Fortunately, we have Joe Lieberman to tell us what not to do:
Despite mounting pressure from both parties for a change in direction in Iraq, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., said Sunday that withdrawing American forces would be a "statement of weakness."
"In the end, there has to be an Iraqi political settlement," Lieberman told CBS' "Face the Nation," "but they can't do it without security. And they can't achieve security if we begin to withdraw." (Lightman)
So... how do we do that, then? How do we give the Iraqis more security? More troops? Help from Iran and Syria?
Despite suggestions from others that the U.S. try to talk to Iran and Syria about ways to calm the Iraq violence, Lieberman said such overtures would "missing the reality."
"Asking Iran and Syria to help us succeed in Iraq is about like your local fire department asking a couple of arsonists to help put out the fire," the senator said. "These people are flaming the ire. They are the extremists. They are supporting terrorists in Iraq, in Lebanon and, of course, in the Palestinian areas." (Lightman)
So, okay. We don't do that. What do we do, then?
C'mon, Joe. You were re-elected because you promised to cut through the partisan clutter and get things done. Now's your chance to do just that. Lead on. What do we do? What course do we take?
Lightman, David. "Lieberman Opposes Iraq Pullout." Hartford Courant 4 December, 2006.
Addendum Also notice that David Lightman seems to have forgotten that Lieberman is now an Independent Democrat, thank you very much.