Wednesday, October 25, 2006; A15
During the years that he led opposition to the Vietnam War, former
senator George S. McGovern (D-S.D.) says, he consoled his family with
the proposition that the United States would never again commit such a
"tragic mistake," as he put it. But McGovern said in an interview last
week that America is headed down "the same road" in Iraq
McGovern, the 1972 Democratic nominee for president, is out with a new
book prescribing what the country ought to do to turn things around. The
title neatly summarizes his advice: "Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for
Co-written with William R. Polk, a former professor and State Department
Middle East expert, the 142-page volume calls for a phased withdrawal of
140,000 U.S. troops beginning by year's end and finishing by June 30.
The authors say the Iraqi government should request the presence of an
international force, including Arab and Muslim troops, to help keep
order after the departure of the Americans.