The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, argued in a new report that US forces could be withdrawn in Iraq could be withdrawn in about three months if they left without their equipment or in 10-12 months if everything was taken out. The report claimed: “if the United States does not set a specific timetable, our military forces and our overall national security will remain hostage to events on the ground in Iraq.”
The report raises an important issue –is the United States, in effect, a hostage to what transpires in Iraq? The Bush administration does not control events, but is guided by events in Iraq. This creates a dynamic in which American leaders are not deciding what is best for the national interests of their nation, but those decisions are always guided by daily events in Iraq.