Bloomberg on Iraq

Earlier today, Mike Bloomberg was asked about Iraq, giving the quasi-presidential candidate a chance to kick off the 2008 campaign season with a bang.

But of course, that isn’t really Bloomberg’s style.


“Mr. Mayor ­ on a related note, do you believe that a change in our policy in Iraq is necessary and will tomorrow¹s election affect or bring about such change?”


“I don’t think that tomorrow’s election is going to have much to do with our policies in Iraq. We are in Iraq. There are no easy answers. I haven’t heard anybody come up with a solution to the problems that we have there on either side of the aisle. In the meantime, I think it is one of the great problems facing America and we have to work together and find some solution. We’ve got out young men fighting and dying overseas to protect our
freedoms and every alternative that I¹ve heard has such big downsides that you want to say, ‘No, not that. I want change but not that change.’

“But I’m not going to speak out.

“I think if I spoke out on the war today, my own views, which I have, it would be turned into a political thing and that’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to do what’s right for New York City. And I’ve tried to speak out on those national issues where I think I can have some influence and those issues face New York day in and day out. So, immigration where we have 500,000 undocumented living in this city; guns, where people keep getting killed, 300-odd people last year were killed in the streets of New York by guns, most of them illegal. Those are the kinds of issues. There are some other issues which I’d like to speak out on and I will do it over the next three years as I finish my term. We’ll get another elected official here.

— Azi Paybarah Bloomberg on Iraq