For a long time I have been arguing for, well, exactly what Senator John McCain said yesterday:
“The fact is that if we can withdraw to bases and then eventually close those bases and come home, that’s the plan.”
So there is not much point in arguing for this anymore at NoSpeedBumps, because this is now the openly stated government policy.
And I bet even if a Democrat wins the presidency (especially Hillary Clinton) that he or she will maintain the same policy regardless of what candidates say now. A new Democratic president won’t want to be the initiator of a rapidly escalating humanitarian disaster in Iraq that will likely result from a quick withdrawal. And in reality he or she won’t have to. Once our troops are on bases within Iraq, the bulk of the complaints about the war will die down. The biggest problem in Iraq is that American soldiers are getting killed and wounded. Once the troops are mostly out of harm’s way, then we can all rest easier.