What else would you expect? For the second time in the last week, an important Iraqi official has come out and said that they want the Americans out of the country by 2010. By almost every declared measure, it’s now time to start planning for our troops to come home (and/or to be sent to Afghanistan).
The bottom line is that the surge has worked and we have won (we are not “winning” as McCain keeps desperately declaring. We have won! BTW, have you noticed that McCain’s campaign is down to a single plank – he was right about the surge, and therefore, he should be president?)
The only remaining issues are the political benchmarks, which are, frankly, Iraqi problems.
You could make the argument that Iraq will descend into chaos if we depart; on that, you’ll get no argument here. But as my mother used to say to me, “you should of thought of that before you did it.”
The bottom line is, our troops are victorious and it’s time to leave. By all means, keep an eye on the situation, but keeping troops in Iraq until the Shia, Sunni, and Kurds all decide not to hate each other will have us there forever. There will never be a “good” time to go.
Bush is without negotiating leverage; he has been embarrassed like the punk he so obviously is. The White House is left to sniff:
“We don’t think that talking about specific negotiating tactics or your negotiating position in the press is the best way to negotiate a deal,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, suggesting that Dabbagh was responding to domestic pressure.
This is what it has come down to.