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Looks like we’ll be out of Iraq by end of 2006

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60% of Americans, according to recent polls, favor a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.

In Washington, Republican Rep. Walter Jones, a war advocate who wanted “French fries” renamed “freedom fries” because France refused to sign on to our war, joined a group of colleagues Thursday in introducing a House resolution calling for the president to announce a plan for withdrawal by year’s end — and to begin executing it by Oct 1, 2006. Fellow Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is a co-sponsor, with Dems Abercrombie and Kucinich.

Other House Republicans indicate they’ll support a resolution calling for an exit strategy. Their eyes set on re-election, they must think it’s time to distance themselves from Bush.

It sounds very much like the beginning of the end, doesn’t it?

It would be interesting if we withdraw on Bush’s watch. Imagine the spin: what a hoot to hear them turn on their own dimes.

This is one administration that may end in a self-induced flame-out. No matter how mighty you think you are, it’s never easy to face the prospect of a fall.

What with Social Security reform on the skids, expect panicky moves from the White House as they try to shore up support from increasingly recalcitrant Republican Congress members who, unlike Bush, need to be re-elected.

Will Bush become a millstone around the Party’s neck? Will we see a mushroom cloud of dust as Republican Congress members run for cover away from Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, hoping to duck voter disapproval of the Administration’s stubborn incompetence?

The Republican Party may be headed for the interesting times of the Chinese curse. Which they thoroughly deserve. Although I for one, don’t think that the Republican Party deserves this administration. Nobody does. They represent a distortion of Republican ideals. There are better Republicans than Bush, Frist and DeLay. The distance between McCain and Bush, for example, is as great as the distance between Ghandi and Genghis Khan. The Bush crowd has besmirched us — something a McCain would never do.

Let’s hope that this most secretive, arrogant, ideology-blinded, and destructive of all administrations will shortly enter lame-duck status and become a bad memory, like a nuclear boil on the nation’s backside finally lanced. Then we can work on restoring the reputation of America in the eyes of the world — and for those who really care about America, in our own eyes.

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  • Caty Tota

    You guys are the best, thanks so much for the help.

  • I don’t even know if there is a lack of support for the war right now. I think it’s depreciated into a lack of caring for what happens in Iraq. Or, people stopped following current events in Iraq and simply repeat that “we shouldn’t be in Iraq”.

  • I don’t see Bush pulling our troops out of Iraq anytime soon.

    It will be interesting to see what Bush does as the 2008 election season rolls around. The decision not to reinstate the draft was motivated by politics — very few on the left or the right want to touch that.

    Pulling out of Iraq before 2008 would benefit the Republicans greatly, especially with the lack of an anti-war movement akin to the 1960s. But the landscape would have to change dramatically between now and, say, midyear 2007 for any serious discussions on withdrawal to begin. There have been plenty of estimates out there suggesting that the U.S. will need a significatn presence in Iraq until perhaps 2013 — especially given the lack of troops coming from other nations, and the agonizingly slow gains made in building an Iraqi army and police.

    Further complicating matters is the “war on terror,” which if you read the tea leaves from the Bush administration, might spread our presence from Iraq to a broader fight carrying into Syria.

  • Shark



    Who gives a shit.

    The American public have an attention span of about 15 minutes.

    And despite the fact that Americans are dying DAILY in Bush’s Blunder, we’ve moved on to other things.

    Reinstitute the draft and see how long it takes us to get out of Iraq.


    You can bet we’ll be gone from Iraq by late ’07 – early ’08 — just in time for the GOP lie machine to trot out Dr. Bill Fristenstein (with his neck bolts hidden by makeup) for a run at the Presidency.


    Hey Potatohead,

    re: Bush’s noble intentions,

    ie.” …free elections

    …freedom of religion

    …government by the people”

    Sounds like we should INVADE THE U.S.A.

    I’ll enlist for that one!

  • “The administration that you despise (gee, brainwashed by your liberal professors, nah…)is trying to promote democracy in the middle east. You know, free elections, freedom of religion, government by the people, that type of thing. Obviously that is a huge, complex task, but that is the long-term goal and it is a noble and visionary one.”

    Listen, 1Potatohead,
    When did the administration conceive of this noble and visionary task? When they booted Garner as Iraqi Emperor because he wanted to have an election — and replaced him with Bremer so Bremer could fire the Iraq Army and privatize the whole of Iraq by imperial decree for U.S. corporations to pick over? When Al-Sistani brought out his followers en masse in protest to demand national elections instead of U.S.-controlled appointments? When the administration saw they couldn’t impose their CIA-crony Iraqi leader on the country?

    Here’s some detergent for your brain-washed mind. Listen up. Recently in Basra, the Iraqis had their first conference on the threat of privatization, bringing together oil workers, academics and international civil-society groups. The event debated an issue about which Iraqis feel passionate: the ownership and control of Iraq’s oil reserves.

    The conference was organized by the General Union of Oil Employees (GUOE), which was established in June 2004 and now has 23,000 members. Focused on Iraq’s public interest as well as its members’ concerns, the first aim of GUOE was to organize workers to repair oil facilities and bring them back into production during the chaos of the early months of occupation. This effort by the workers required both courage – often in conflict either with coalition troops or remnants of the Ba’athist regime – and considerable ingenuity, putting back together a working oil industry with minimal resources, which U.S. contract workers have been pretty useless at.

    The occupation forces and their friends in the Iraqi government see things differently. They’ve got their long-laid plans for big changes in Iraq’s oil sector, to give western oil majors access to its reserves for the first time since 1972.

    But they’re going to have their work cut out. Not only have the Iraqi workers shown themselves capable of running the industry — better than U.S. contractors — they’ve also been effective at shutting down the industry when threatened by the authorities.

    In August 2003, oil workers’ unions organized a strike that stopped all production in southern Iraq for two days. The resulting bargaining power has been effective. The unions – which later merged to become the GUOE – successfully pushed for foreign workers to be replaced by Iraqis; the role of US companies in the reconstruction to be reduced; and wages to be raised to livable levels.

    The GUOE is uncompromising in its views on oil privatization. Iraqi workers have rebuilt their industry after the destruction of three wars. They have a deep sense of ownership, which they will not willingly relinquish.

    1Potato, you have no idea what’s going on there. You’re certainly not going to be wised up by your neocon sources. We went in there for the oil, and began planning the war as soon as our oil men Bush/Cheney started their first term. The reason Cheney fought (and won) to keep his meeting with Big Oil back then secret, is because the minutes would reveal that they were planning how to divide up Iraq’s oil production between them after the planned war.

    Far from trying to bring democracy to Iraq, the administration has fought it all the way, until Al-Sistani forced their hand. This noble mission came to Bush and Co. very late in the day, well after the invasion. The real fight is still ahead — for Iraq to keep control of its economy and its oil, and to stop the U.S. from building permanent military bases there.

    I will continue to insult Bush as long as he causes our country’s name to be dragged through the mud. We’ve gone from an opportunity to be the moral leader of the world, right after 9/11 (when there were candlelit vigils for us all over, including massive ones in Iran), to a moral skunk of the world. I don’t expect Bush to be a Churchill or a Mandela, but he could at least have shown the world leadership and diplomacy of his Dad — or maybe asked his Pa for his advice before he went into Iraq, put our troops in harm’s way, and mired us in this mess with a pack of lies. Like the old slogan says, “Nobody died when Clinton lied.”

  • 1Potato

    The administration that you despise (gee, brainwashed by your liberal professors, nah…)is trying to promote democracy in the middle east. You know, free elections, freedom of religion, government by the people, that type of thing. Obviously that is a huge, complex task, but that is the long-term goal and it is a noble and visionary one.

    You go on and on insulting the President (what’s your problem with him anyway, did he molest you as a child?) but you offer no real criticism as to why promoting democratic change in that region is not in our national interest.
    It clearly is.

  • Adam, looks like withdrawal ain’t happening anytime soon.

  • A timeline would be dangerous for the troops overseas.


    I’ll withhold comment until I see the timeline.

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