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WAR: Talks Start on US Exit Strategy

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posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 09:57 PM
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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 people.




posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 12:54 AM
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The other issue is that if they put forth a timetable, and then the deadlines are not met, it increases tension and the like. More help is needed, but help from say the French may come at to high a price. The UN is lets face it useless at any rate.



posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 12:57 AM
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The only way out is for the new Iraqi government (when it is formed) to work out an argeed (with Bush) game plan for a withdrawal. The new government must be prepared to put their .s on a chopping block to state categorically that the they are confident that they will be able to bring about peace and stability without the need for a full scale American presence.



 
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