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US troops out of Iraq in 3 years?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 14, 2008

That's the claim in the TimesOnline. Deborah Haynes, reporting for the Times, says the draft agreement between the US and Iraq sets the time of 3 years for full withdrawal with a caveat - "provided the violence remains low".

Most people would consider that to be "conditions based". Lets see how it gets reported (timeline anyone?).

FYI, the "agreement" is the Status of Forces agreement we've talked about in the past, and it includes no provisions for permanent bases.

Meanwhile Bing West says boy have things changed in Iraq:
The war I witnessed for more than five years in Iraq is over. In July, there were five American fatalities in Iraq, the lowest since the war began in March 2003. In Mosul recently, I chatted with shopkeepers on the same corner where last January a Humvee was blown apart in front of me. In the Baghdad district of Ghazilia — where last January snipers controlled streets awash in human waste — I saw clean streets and soccer games. In Basra, the local British colonel was dining at a restaurant in the center of the bustling city.

For the first time in 15 trips across the country, I didn't hear one shot or a single blast from a roadside bomb. In Anbar Province, scene of the fiercest fighting during the war, the tribal sheiks insisted to Barack Obama on his recent visit that the U.S. Marines had to stay because they were the most trusted force.
Says West, the war there is "over". My guess is all this debate over when to withdraw will end up being moot. Given the rapid progress in Iraq, I'm beginning to believe that regardless of who is in the White House and even if the withdrawal is ordered immediately, such a withdrawal will mostly coincide with events which support such a withdrawal.

If we began our withdrawal now, it would most likely take most of two years. If withdrawal is ordered in January, that won't change. If two years has brought us the change we see now, two years down, even more positive change should be evident.

I just can't wait for the Democrats to try to claim credit for the success.
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After finding out that the US has 57 states ..
doesn’t 16 months = 3 years ??
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If i was Bush, once that deal goes through id get my face on the tube and take all the credit immediately. But he wont...
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cindy Sheehan, an icon of the anti-war movement, has qualified to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her seat in Congress.
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Yep, Republicans know how to start wars but it takes a Democrat to finish them.
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I just can’t wait for the Democrats to try to claim credit for the success.
They won’t have to try, there will be no success acknowledged, only withdrawl.
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