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This is what the democrats should have done instead of trying to introduce a resolution to withdraw from Iraq to a very hostile congress. They need to go to the Iraqi government and tell them to have a nationwide vote on whether or not they want American troops to stay. And if they vote "no" then they should give a deadline to the U.S. army for when they need to withdraw.
We heard a similar sort of talks prior to January elections and many parties held the slogan of ending “the occupation” but after the elected representatives sat to figure out what to do most of them found that asking the troops to leave would be in no one’s interest so they found themselves asking the UN to let the troops stay for another couple of years instead of asking them to leave.
Again, this issue is a technical one and speeches mean almost nothing and I’m positive that whoever is to be elected next month will realize the complexity of the situation especially when it comes to building Iraqi forces capable of preserving security.