op-ed article published in Thursday's
Angelina Jolie argued that U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to assist in humanitarian efforts.
("Oh, reeeeeally?" you can imagine Sens. Clinton and Obama asking.)
It's an interesting tack from Jolie, who is a goodwill ambassador to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her basic point: Though it's popular to want to bring the troops home as soon as possible, Iraq is in such disarray that only a military presence can ensure that we fulfill our humanitarian promises to the region.
Jolie even goes so far as to say that our national security would be compromised by pulling out. "Can the United States afford to gamble that four million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart of the Middle East, won't explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?" she asks.
The actress states that 54 percent of these millions of refugees are under the age of 12. In the article, she also name-checks Army Gen. David Petraeus and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, both of whom she met with on her visit to the Middle East earlier this month.
What do you think? Is Angie on to something? - Mickey O'Connor