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Premature Evacuation?

Posted by Ryan on March 4, 2006

Timetables bug me, generally, when talking about war, especially against terrorists and insurgents. The British press is running with this story on near full troop withdrawals by 2007. Again, no named sources, and the cited “sources” are apparently “senior officials,” but the idea is worth discussing.

  • I think the Iraqis need to know that we won’t be there forever and that, ultimately, it is they have to settle their own mess.
  • I believe that telling the terrorists when we’re going is also bad news since they’ll just let up or antagonize more until we get up and leave.
  • I understand that the international community and the American public are getting war wary, but is is more important to leave or win? I say win. I have a brother still serving over there and I believe it is important to finish the job with honor in a phased withdrawal based on conditions on the ground.
    • Note: “withdrawal” and “phased”

“Winning” (stabilizing their country, promoting an Iraqi-style democracy, engaging the global economy and community, being an ally in the War on Terror), will ultimately be up to the Iraqis. We’ve handed them a situation wherein the “fault” for failure cannot be put solely on the coalition or the USA. If civil war needs to happen, then let it happen, but to paraphrase President Kennedy on South Vietnam just two weeks before he died: in the final analysis it’s their war. Though I loathe Vietnam comparisons being that they’re weak and a stretch, I think we’ve gotten closer to that point of Iraqi responsibility… I just hate timetables.

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Posted by Mike on March 4, 2006

It is well-known that President Bush regularly seeks guidance from God when exercising his Presidential duties. Although many conservatives view this is as sign as wisdom, the President has also received his fair share of criticism. This criticism tells us the President is also courageous to admit the role of prayer in his life.

Imagine the level of political courage it took for Tony Blair to admit the role prayer played in his decision to send British troops to Iraq. As the leader of a European country where religion is in decline and as the leader of party dominated by socialists, the courage it took for Tony Blair to discuss the role prayer played in his decision to go to war cannot be overstated. The media will tear into for this one. Blair’s greatness grows more evident every day.

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