Iraq Pullout-16 Months, 18, Anyone Care?

The Pentagon is prepare to present the new president a variety of plans dealing with the pullout of American forces from Iraq. Barack Obama has called for the end of American troops in Iraq by the summer of 2010 and military planners are ready to offer him a plan that would meet his timetable. Department of Defense spokesperson, Geoff Morrell, said: “they will not begin to present him with options for the way forward in iraq or Afghanistan until he is commander in chief, but they are prepared to give him a range of options as soon as he is ready.”

The debate about the withdrawal is really much ado about nothing. There are dozens of military bases in Iraq which must be either dismantled or turned over to Iraqi armed forces. There is the need to move over a 140,000 troops out of the country and headed either to the United States, Afghanistan or elsewhere. To accomplish those tasks will take time, and, any plan will undoubtedly run into unexpected circumstances. The key issue is leaving Iraq whether it be in 16 or 18 or 22 months. Do the job of getting the troops out.

  • Comrade Basa

    Seemingly, you don’t care at all. Let’s hope they all adopt christianity and speak english, as long as they have internet and all other such pleasant provisions who cares what’s up. I mean, the real important thing here is they abandon their culture and heritage, it’s only hindering them from making “democratic progress,” it doesn’t matter that their civilization goes back thousands of years before ours, but we all know they are uncivilized barbarians. I guess, the real concern is, we better give them an election, whether they want it or not – they just don’t know what’s good for them – Have I summed up the ideas of your blog yet? Perhaps I should add in Freedom about 5 or 6 times in that statement, might add a bit of merit to an otherwise bland and totally misinformed piece. However, I wish you luck on your unenlightened task of “saving the world,” from themselves, of course. We all know, only American or European democracy can bring salvation to these heathen nations.

  • Fred Stopsky

    I opposed the Iraq invasion from day one. I have taught courses on Middle East history in which i derided American policy in the area. I was discussing military reality concerning how to evacuate an area without CREATING ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ. Your ignorance is amazing.