posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 09:57 PM
Three weeks away from a historical election in Iraq, and talk begins around Capitol Hill and The Pentagon on how to get out. No plans have been formed
as of yet, but one senior administration official warned over the weekend against reading too much into that, saying, "The Pentagon has plans for
everything," from a new Korean war to humanitarian missions in Africa.
International Herald Tribune
The rumblings about disengagement have grown distinctly louder as members of Congress return from their districts and as military officers try to game
out how Sunni Arabs and Shiites might react to the election results. The annual drafting of the budget is a reminder that the U.S. presence in Iraq is
costing $4.5 billion a month and putting huge strains on the U.S. Army. And, of course, White House officials contemplate the political cost of a
second term dominated by a nightly accounting of continuing casualties.
By all accounts, President George W. Bush so far has not joined the conversation about disengagement, though a few senior members of his national
security team have.
But all over Washington, there is talk about new ways to define when the mission is accomplished - not to cut and run, but not to linger, either.
Several administration officials acknowledge that Bush will face a critical series of decisions soon after Jan. 30, when it should become clearer
whether the election has resulted in more stability or more insurgency.
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I don't think an exit will happen in less than a year. Iraq is in shambles and can not be left the way it is, especially after the election. Nobody
knows whats in store, and how well it will go over with other leaders in the region. World Leaders need to put whatever it is behind them and help out
the people of Iraq. The United States and its coalition as it stands can not do the job themselves, and this should not be burdened onto the Iraqi