The President's Speech
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in War — Comments (7) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I did not see it, but I read it and it reads well. I have to say that however necessary it may be to remove 30,000 troops by next summer (assuming that the conditions for removal are met) and thus return to pre-surge conditions, the return to said conditions makes me tremendously nervous and causes me to worry that we may lose all tht we have gained through the surge. I really would like to see more evidence that the Iraqi security forces are up to the challenge of filling in for the departing Americans who made up the surge and as of yet, that evidence has been lacking. This is not to say that I believe the Iraqi security forces will never be ready. Far from it. But their timeline is accelerated.
One beneficial effect from any withdrawal of troops is that it will allow us to test the proposition--advanced by Democrats--that a troop withdrawal is just the thing that we need in order to spur the Iraqis into reaching a political settlement. Logically, the chances of such a settlement coming about are supposed to go up with a troop withdrawal, right? If we are no closer to reaching a settlement as the surge comes to an end, are we as a nation then prepared to admit that a mere troop withdrawal will not be enough in order to prompt a political settlement in Iraq? Will the argument that the only way we can save the domestic situation in Iraq is to leave thus go the way of the dodo?
Because in those circumstances, it should.