Wednesday, November 23, 2005

How To Leave Iraq

After the next round of elections in Iraq, American commnaders are planning on sending home 3 of the 18 U.S. military brigades currently deployed in Iraq in order to replace them with Iraqi security forces. This would reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by about 17,000.

Regardless of what transpired last week in the House over the Murtha proposal, it is obvious that the military has its own plans for when U.S. troops can safely withdraw from Iraq. And rightly so. The military commanders on the ground in Iraq obviously have a much better sense than members of Congress of when the U.S. should pull out of the country.

It makes no sense for the U.S. to pull all of our troops out of Iraq if the Iraqis are not ready to effectively fight terrorists or even handle the ongoing insurgency. If we did indeed pull out, and the Iraqis were indeed not ready, the newly established democracy would crumble, civil wars would erupt, and the country would be left in a state of military law. This is not at all what the U.S. intends to do in Iraq. Rather, our goal is to establish a self-functioning democracy, a self-sufficient military, and a stable, free society.

If we are to be able to do this, we must let the commanders on the ground determine when we can relinquish command to the Iraqis, and thus when we can bring our troops home. The Dems in Congress do not have the information available to them that officers in Iraq do, and so it only makes sense to leave decisions of when we should pull out of Iraq up to those military officials.

Congress' calling for a time table accomplishes nothing. It is counter-productive to the war effort, and illustrates a lack of knowledge about the war. The best possible action is to stay the course.

The plan for getting out of Iraq is victory.