Monday, November 17, 2008

Iraq votes the US out

The Iraqis are kicking us out of their country. New York Times via Sullivan:
The draft approved Sunday requires coalition forces to withdraw from Iraqi cities and towns by the summer of 2009 and from the country by the end of 2011. An earlier version had language giving some flexibility to that deadline, with both sides discussing timetables and timelines for withdrawal, but the Iraqis managed to have the deadline set in stone, a significant negotiating victory. The United States has around 150,000 troops in Iraq.
As Sullivan points out, this is very important because the Republicans and neocons will try to blame subsequent problems in Iraq on Obama. But hey, they want us out. Which is fine with me. It's a win-win: they get an occupying army out of their country, and we can stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives on an occupation that pisses off the world and acts as a recruiting tool for terrorism. And with the recent reductions in violence, it could be that our withdrawal won't cause quite the calamity that it otherwise might have.

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