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Most of my doubts lay in giving an exact timetable for leaving but I agree with several points mainly that we MUST leave at some point its just when that is the question.
Iraq Exit Strategy: America's Path Forward (pdf)
Iraq Exit Strategy: Troop Withdrawal
The first step is immediately to begin the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq. Currently American troop levels are at about 140,000. Troops would leave gradually, in increments of approximately 11,600 per month, resulting in a complete withdrawal in one year’s time. This will bring the troops out of harm’s way quickly, preventing more unnecessary loss of life. Allowing a year for the withdrawal will give the Iraqi government time to train and deploy a sufficient security force in trouble areas.
As the United States removes troops from Iraq, 30,000 will be relocated to other Middle Eastern countries. Ten thousand troops will be placed in Afghanistan for peacekeeping purposes. Decisions regarding troop reallocation will be based on the locations of existing U.S. military bases in the Middle East. The most likely candidates would be Turkey, Bahrain, Egypt and Oman. These countries were chosen based on current foreign military base information in the Department of Defense Base Structure Report. All of the previously mentioned countries have U.S. military bases that possess additional acres to house more troops. The remaining troops, numbering approximately 100,000 would return home rather being relocated to other Middle Eastern countries. This would help reduce the strain on military reserves and free up military resources for the War on Terror.
Originally posted by koji_K
As for what I think of it, it would be nice if it works, but isn't this exactly what we tried in Vietnam?
Originally posted by AceOfBase
I agree with the plan and said so earlier this month but I seemed to be alone in my support.
Originally posted by Souljah
But do you all Seriously think that US Forces can just "Exit Iraq" like that?
Originally posted by Amuk
If you agree that without the Americans there there would be an even WORSE bloodbath going on, why do you encourage the attacks against the Americans and the Iraqi government and even try to justify attacks on innocents? Doesnt this just needlessly prolong the bloodshed?
Shouldnt you encourge ALL the sides (there are WAY more than two) to try to come to a PEACEFUL agreement?