How to get out of Iraq, continued

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki should not be criticized for calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops. He is doing us a huge favor! From <a href="http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080708/D91PQ1PO0.html"Iraq insists on withdrawal timetable for US troops:

Iraq’s national security adviser said Tuesday his country will not accept any security deal with the United States unless it contains specific dates for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces.

The comments by Mouwaffak al-Rubaie were the strongest yet by an Iraqi official about the deal now under negotiation with U.S. officials. They came a day after Iraq’s prime minister first said publicly that he expects the pending troop deal with the United States to have some type of timetable for withdrawal.

We liberated them from Iraq, we established a democratic government, that government says that it no longer requires our help. Mission accomplished. Let’s go home.

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  • Bruce

    From the Stratfor website:

    “That is why the critical question for the United States is how many troops it can retain in Iraq, for how long and in what locations. This is a complex issue. From the Sunni standpoint, a continued U.S. presence is essential to protect Sunnis from the Shia. From the Shiite standpoint, the U.S. presence is needed to prevent Iran from overwhelming the Shia. From the standpoint of the Kurds, a U.S. presence guarantees Kurdish safety from everyone else. It is an oddity of history that no major faction in Iraq now wants a precipitous U.S. withdrawal — and some don’t want a withdrawal at all.”

    The idea that we will unilaterally and–precipitously–withdraw from Iraq is absurd. Neither presidential candidate nor the current office holder are considering it. Read the statements Obama has had on his website for months about his policy there and–carefully parsed–it is essentially the same stance as Bush and McCain.
    If the Iraqi government really believes that it no longer requires our help, it is delusional. Which, actually, it probably is. However: “It is an oddity of history that no major faction in Iraq now wants a precipitous US withdrawal.”
    The US has now become one of the major elements of balance in the region. If we want any sort of predictablility at all for the future, we have to remain, and we have to remain a threat.

  • Bruce

    From the Stratfor website:

    “That is why the critical question for the United States is how many troops it can retain in Iraq, for how long and in what locations. This is a complex issue. From the Sunni standpoint, a continued U.S. presence is essential to protect Sunnis from the Shia. From the Shiite standpoint, the U.S. presence is needed to prevent Iran from overwhelming the Shia. From the standpoint of the Kurds, a U.S. presence guarantees Kurdish safety from everyone else. It is an oddity of history that no major faction in Iraq now wants a precipitous U.S. withdrawal — and some don’t want a withdrawal at all.”

    The idea that we will unilaterally and–precipitously–withdraw from Iraq is absurd. Neither presidential candidate nor the current office holder are considering it. Read the statements Obama has had on his website for months about his policy there and–carefully parsed–it is essentially the same stance as Bush and McCain.
    If the Iraqi government really believes that it no longer requires our help, it is delusional. Which, actually, it probably is. However: “It is an oddity of history that no major faction in Iraq now wants a precipitous US withdrawal.”
    The US has now become one of the major elements of balance in the region. If we want any sort of predictablility at all for the future, we have to remain, and we have to remain a threat.