Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Iraq Wants U.S. Withdrawal to Begin Soon

The Iraqi transitional government has called for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. forces. Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari made this request in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today.

U.S. commanders later acknowledge that substantial withdrawal could begin as early as next spring. This is, they say, contingent on training and deploying more Iraqi security forces--a process al-Jaafari also said should be speeded up.

Everyone has always said that we shouldn't stay longer than the new Iraqi government is willing to welcome us. And if they're asking us to speed things along, I think we better start speeding things along. But, really, this is a positive development. It shows that the Iraqi government is confident in their ability to govern their country without the help of a significant number of American troops.

The next six months will tell if a spring withdrawal is realistic. But it's reassuring to know Iraqi and U.S. leaders are planning for the exit phase.


At 3:22 AM, Blogger Aaron X said...

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At 3:24 AM, Blogger Aaron X said...

Perhaps you should change the name of your blog to the yellow streak, because it sounds like you've got a yellow streak running right down the middle of your back.

Conservatives wanted this little war, well you've got one now. If you cut and run the dogs of Islamic fundamentalism will be nipping at your heels all the way back to America.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...

The Dead,

Perhaps you should actually read this blog before demeaning the writers. If you did, you'd know we've never advocated cutting and running. And this post is no different. Withdrawing troops once the Iraqi government feels they can handle the insurgency/terrorists is not cutting and running.


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