Sunday, May 06, 2007
Is There A Safe Way To Get Out Of Iraq Now?
I ran across this story printed on May 3rd from CNN.
Experts are certain that, at this time, there is no safe way for us to leave war torn Iraq without the Iraqi security forces being in charge and ready. It would be a disaster for the US, Iraq, and other middle east neighbors.
(CNN) -- Pulling U.S. forces from Iraq could trigger catastrophe, CNN analysts and other observers warn, affecting not just Iraq but its neighbors in the Middle East, with far-reaching global implications.
Sectarian violence could erupt on a scale never seen before in Iraq if coalition troops leave before Iraq's security forces are ready. Supporters of al Qaeda could develop an international hub of terror from which to threaten the West. And the likely civil war could draw countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran into a broader conflict.
President Bush vetoed a war spending bill Tuesday precisely because the Democrat-led Congress required the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn by October 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later.
Bush said such a deadline would be irresponsible and both sides are now working on new proposals -- which may have no pullout dates.
I agree that it would be irresponsible on the part of coalition troops to be removed before this is resolved one way or another. What do you think?