December 2, 2005
OPINION: Congress must begin gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
The United States should start to gradually remove its troops from Iraq. We’ve been there long enough and done enough and spent enough.
Gradual withdrawal is the best of the three possible options. One of the other two possibilities would be remaining indefinitely while perhaps sending more troops. But how can we do that when we’ve already been there just about 32 months? When will the end come?
The United States can’t really expect to make things perfect before ending its Middle East visit. The Iraqis won’t feel independent and capable of launching out on their own until we, the Americans, the foreigners, have left. They needed us, but only for a while. So continuing the stay indefinitely risks losing the welcome.
With respect, I think we’ve lost that already.
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