Well, Shucks, The Iraqis Want A TimetableJuly 9, 2008
-First, the story: Iraq Wants Withdrawal Timetable In U.S. Pact
-Second, the obligatory memeorandum link to the discussion.
My initial thought when I saw this headline was… “duh!”. I mean, anyone could have seen this coming from a mile away. For years, poll after poll after poll indicated that the Iraqi people wanted this. Heck, the Iraqi parliament voted in favor of a timetable over a year ago.
My second thought basically revolved around wondering how the “timetable for surrender“, “cut and run” and “retreat and defeat” crowd will cope with this revelation. Will we see the equivalent of “we know what’s best for you” type rhetoric? After all, that’s basically how a stubborn insistence on rejecting an agreement to set dates will come across. Kind of a tough spot there. So if they don’t go down that road, will they take the lead from General Petraeus, and begin to use the term “disengagement” instead of “withdrawal”? After all, the former sounds like the result of a well-thought-out and tactically sound cost/benefit analysis, and the latter sounds more like the “run for your lives!” stuff. That might serve as a pressure relief valve for the cognitive dissonance. Or will they spin it as consistent with their stance, and creatively conflate “they stand up, we stand down” with the news, sweeping the “timetable” part under the rug? (Oops, asked and answered.) And in light of this little nugget…
“There should not be any permanent bases in Iraq unless these bases are under Iraqi control”, Rubaie said
…do you suppose their might be a revision to the idea that it is at all plausible that we’ll have a violence-free troop presence in Iraq for 100 years, just like Japan, Germany, and South Korea?
Or do they just sit there like a deer in the headlights?