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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

 

Troop Withdrawal Resolution

The House has recently proposed a resolution demanding that the president create a plan to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by October 2006. While I must say that it is nice to see yet again congressional dems making public progress with some of their bigger issues, and even better to see another republican take off his leash and go against leadership, I am worried about the problems that have historically come from playing politics with a war. America has suffered from the effects of an indecisive foreign policy for a while now. Part of the motivation for some of the 9/11 hijackers may have sprung from similar mistakes.

I opposed the war through its build-up. I was skeptical of the presence of WMDs, and I was alarmed by the President's pure arrogance in making the decision to invade. But that no longer matters. What does matter is that for better or worse we are there, and we now have a large responsibility.

Whether or not this war was a good idea will not be known to us for probably another 20 years or so, and I genuinely hope I'm proved wrong. Nothing would be greater than for Iraq to become a bastion of democracy in an unstable world. But we know that the kind of work that must be done cannot be done on any sort of strict timeline. Does that mean that we are going to lose more soldiers? Yes. But that is one of the consequences that needed to be considered before the invasion. Unfortunately I have a bad feeling that they weren't.

"It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and secure the surrender of Saddam's security force and his army.''
- February 27, 2003, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz

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