I believe that the war in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein was irresponsible and executed under false pretense. I believed this in 2002 just as I do now.

However, if I were to imagine myself as an incoming president, I would hope to be completely objective in my assessments of our national security threats. While Iraq was definitely not our primary security threat in 2002, we have certainly made it so after 5 years of turmoil brought on by our presence. We have generated a breeding ground for terrorists in Iraq.

For this reason, I think we need to stabilize the situation. If that will require more troops as determined by well trained military leadership, then I would advocate that strategy.

In addition to more troops, I hope our next president implements broad diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to improve our standing in the world.

I may be naive in thinking this, but I believe a new president might be granted the benefit of the doubt by the majority of moderate Iraqis who simply want a better country to live in. If we improve conditions under a new watch, Iraqi and world opinion may improve. If we leave the nation in civil war, the population of bitter extremists will only grow further with all sides...Sunni, Shi'ite, and Kurd... blaming the United States for their plights (in large part rightfully so).