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Posted by on Nov 12, 2006 in At TMV | 39 comments

Cut’n and Run’n

NOS Journaal reports that Carl Levin said in This Week that the Democrats want US troops to gradually withdraw from Iraq… starting within 4 – 6 months time (from now).

As NOS Journaal notes, Levin is likely to become chairman of the Armed Services Committee in US Senate in January 07.

I wonder whether I missed this in American media, because I cannot remember reading about it at websites of say the NYT, the WaPo or CNN, but again, perhaps I missed it.

To be honest, I am divided. My view on Iraq has evolved over time. It is 100% clear to me that Bush et al. messed it up tremendously. I consider Iraq to be lost. But supporting a plan that means that U.S. forces will withdraw that quickly? I am not sure what to think of it. One could argue that since it is lost, one might just as well get out of there ASAP, on the other hand one could also argue that by withdrawing Iraq will undoubtedly and immediately fall into a full-blown civil war. Following this reasoning and taking responsibility for it could mean that one would argue that the U.S. (and allies) should be there to try to prevent as many deaths as possible, even if such a civil war will break out.