On Friday's Countdown, after covering Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez's scathing comments about President Bush and the handling of the Iraq debacle, Keith Olbermann interviewed Democratic presidential contender, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Richardson contends, as he always has, that there is no military solution in Iraq, setting himself apart from Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who who will promise to bring the troops home by 2013.
Richardson: "....and the conclusion is there is no military solution to this war, there's a political solution and we're losing that window. This is why I am for getting all of our troops out, every single one. No residual forces. Within eight months to a year, as rapidly as possible according to what our military believes is most effective and safe for our troops. But this - we're losing time to create a political settlement and you can't have that political settlement in Iraq, or a Muslim peace-keeping force headed by the U.N., or a rebuilding of Iraq until all of our troops are out. And Senator Clinton wants to keep 75,000 there beyond 2013, so does Senator Obama. The issue is do we end the war now, or do we want to just change the mission as some in the Democratic primary want to do?"