Monday, July 28, 2008

May we leave now?

According to this very good online magazine Michael Yon ,the war in Iraq has been won. Mr. Yon puts it well:

I would go so far as to say that barring any major and unexpected developments (like an Israeli air strike on Iran and the retaliations that would follow), a fair-minded person could say with reasonable certainty that the war has ended. A new and better nation is growing legs. What's left is messy politics that likely will be punctuated by low-level violence and the occasional spectacular attack. Yet, the will of the Iraqi people has changed, and the Iraqi military has dramatically improved, so those spectacular attacks are diminishing along with the regular violence. Now it's time to rebuild the country, and create a pluralistic, stable and peaceful Iraq. That will be long, hard work. But by my estimation, the Iraq War is over. We won. Which means the Iraqi people won.

I agree with Mr.Yon. Great news! As George Aiken, a former Republican senator, once said about Vietnam: Let's declare victory and get out. I'm not supporting Barack Obama for President, but I agree (mainly) with his position on Iraq. He favors (at least until his next flip-flop) a withdrawal lasting about 16 months with a residual force that will be left behind. He is somewhat vague about how big the force would be-I have heard it could be as much as 85,000, which seems awfully high. Whatever his plan's weakness, it is far superior to his opponent's. McCain seems to favor an endless occupation. It is not in our national interest to keep 100,000+ troops in Iraq for many years. There are too many other dangerous areas in the world.

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