Monday, September 20, 2004

Iraqi pullout in 2005?

From Robert Novak, who usually is pretty well tied into the current White House, comes word that a second Bush administration would see a pull-out of our troops from Iraq:
Inside the Bush administration policymaking apparatus, there is strong feeling that U.S. troops must leave Iraq next year. This determination is not predicated on success in implanting Iraqi democracy and internal stability. Rather, the officials are saying: Ready or not, here we go.
The question is what impact this would have in the Global War on Terror. If Iraq is truly one of the primary front in the war on terror then would this retreat constitute an admission of defeat? And if so, would it make us less safe?

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