Sunday, November 27, 2005

Bugler: Sound "Planned Withdrawal!"

Newsweek has an interesting article about a "planned withdrawal" that will, coincidentally, occur at just about the same time as the midterm elections.

While reading this, I kept thinking: How is this different than what many in Congress have asked for? Last week, Rep. Murtha is called a coward for suggesting exactly the same thing that this article suggests is already in place.

How dysfunctional is this administration? They could have said, "Yeah, we're working on something along those lines, Rep. Murtha. We'll probably release the information in the next couple of weeks." But instead, they automatically go into attack mode.

Lieutenant Trouble says the only reason so many Iraqi troops are now listed as 'trained' is because they have changed the definition of what 'trained' means.

Seems to me that Iraqi troops get military training the way many college football players get a university education.



Blogger United We Lay said...

Maybe it's just my civilian brain talking, but shouldn't we have had a plan for withdraw before we went in? Or at least after we knew for sure there were no weapons? I'm not sure they'll actually withdraw troops. I think we're looking at a situation in which we will have troops stationed there for the next 50 years.

6:20 AM, November 28, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

This is the easy part, you wait and see how they'll respond to the chaos that they leave behind.

7:42 AM, November 28, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Can I also add that after getting into all this bother the best thing the US could do is stay there for 10 years and sort the damn thing out rather than running away with its tail between its legs.

7:44 AM, November 28, 2005  
Blogger Mz. Pig said...

That analogy is a "bullseye."

9:30 AM, November 28, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

It's about time someone with some brains start negotiating some sort of peace. Yes, it might mean talking to terrorists. Yes, it might mean a dissolved Iraq. Yes, we need the help of the UN, Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Yes, Turkey may have to tolerate an independent Kurdistan.

3:07 PM, November 28, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

There is no need to dissolve Iraq but there is a great need for the US to stick it out in Iraq rather than looking for a quick fix.

2:40 AM, November 29, 2005  

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