Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Rice Says Iraq Troop Levels May Draw Down

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States will probably not need to maintain its current troop levels in Iraq "very much longer," though she declined to provide a precise timetable for reduction in U.S. forces.

Rice appeared to set the stage for such a reduction, saying the Iraqi forces are doing a better job of holding their own against insurgents.

"I do not think that American forces need to be there in the numbers that they are now because _ for very much longer _ because Iraqis are stepping up," Rice told Fox News in an interview Tuesday. "This is not just a matter of training numbers of Iraqi forces, but actually seeing them hold territory."

The Bush administration has been under fire in Congress to set a timetable for a withdrawal from Iraq. President Bush has steadfastly declined to set such a timetable and has said the U.S. will stay in Iraq as long as it takes to ensure the country's stability and democracy. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Dec. 15. Rice said Bush will take his guidance from commanders in the field."
Now what's the difference between this and the Democratic proposal that was called treason last week?


Blogger Moron99 said...

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10:22 AM  
Blogger Moron99 said...

As to your specific question "what is the difference"?
It is like having two employees that come to work on the morning of a big deadline. One of them says "I am leaving at 4:30". The other one says "I will leave when the job is finished." It may not make any difference at 4:30 if the job is finished but it makes a huge difference to their manager when it is still 8AM.

As to what was really going on:
The democrats were positioning themselves to claim a share of victory if the Iraqi elections turn out well. IF the Iraqi elections turn out well (balanced representation of factions) then troop drawdown will be a natural consequence. But that would be a bad thing for the democrats. It would vindicate "stay the course". If troop drawdown is a result of the Iraqi political process then the democrats have no viable agrument for claiming a share of the success. The democrats have painted themselves into a position where they can not claim political victory if Iraq does not follow the Vietnam model. By increasing their calls for immediate plans of withdrawal they were trying to position themselves to claim a share of a victory that looks increasingly probable. They intended to argue that the drawdown was a result of their political pressure. By calling their bluff the republicans kept them painted into a political corner. Now they will be unable to seperate troop drawdown in spring from the Iraqi political process.

10:25 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

And what happens if the elections do not turn out well, what if the current government pulls a "referendum" on the election and puts themselves in a clear majority? Who wins then?

11:05 AM  
Blogger Moron99 said...

Because of the way seats are to be allocated that is nearly impossible.

12:43 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

From your keyboard to gods ear.

6:48 PM  

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