If you Google "Iraq + Withdrawal" 1,400 stories come up in the first cluster with 10 pages to follow. Didn't almost every Democrat (except cj) come over here after the election and say there would be no pullout from Iraq?
Apparently even "hundreds of US soldiers" have signed a petition that will go to Congress in January. The website with the petition (Appeal for Redress) doesn't give a number of signatures and their sponsors are: Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Veterans for Peace (VFP) and Military Families Speak Out. I wonder what soldier would sign a petition that stated the following:
"Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq -and- Reparations for the pillaging and destruction of Iraq..." (source)
The James A. Baker led Iraq study group is congressionally mandated --and from interviews I've seen with Baker he said immediate withdrawal and/or a publicized time table for withdraw aren't on the table...yet that doesn't seem to jive with what top Democrats are saying...
"Most Democrats share the view that we should pressure the White House to commence the phased redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq in four to six months — to begin that phased redeployment, and thereby to make it clear to the Iraqis that our presence is not open-ended and that they must take and make the necessary political compromises to preserve Iraq as a nation," Levin said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "We cannot save the Iraqis from themselves." -Carl Levin, yesterday. (source)
I am not in the military, nor am I on the ground in Iraq... I can only look at history and what happened in Afghanistan when it was left to its own devices. Terror leaders have clearly stated the "insurgency" in Iraq will not end when the coalition leaves. I'd love to sit in on a conference with 100 NCOs from all over Iraq and see what they think...as I am sure they are more informed than Congress and the military brass...
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