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75 percent of Americans want immediate withdrawal from Iraq

The tide is turning, now we just have to make legislators afraid of us. -- George Bender
Sunday, June 5, 2005

Iraq War: What's the end game?


The Nation magazine was almost alone in noting a May 25 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to require President Bush to develop a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. It garnered yes votes from only 122 Democrats and five Republicans, but it was the first time since the war began that the House had debated the military exit from Iraq. (Reps. Brian Baird, Jay Inslee, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith voted yes.)

According to the magazine, three-fourths of respondents in the latest Gallup poll advocated immediate withdrawal, and a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll indicated that 57 percent of Americans believe the Iraq war was not worth fighting.

While immediate withdrawal or even a hard and fast timetable would risk the security of both Americans and Iraqis, it's certainly time for the Bush administration to be fully forthcoming on its long-term intentions in Iraq.

"Do the members not think that the American people deserve to know what the president plans to do in Iraq?" asked Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., in offering the May 25 proposal.

The war's mission, as originally sold to the American people, was to preemptively guard America against an attack with weapons of mass destruction perpetrated either by Iraq or by terrorists who got such weapons from Iraq. Without WMDs or the purported terrorist connection, what's the ultimate mission in Iraq? Can it be accomplished? What will it cost and how long will it take?

President Bush owes Americans the answers to these and other questions. If our intent is simply to liberate, not occupy, and our interest is not in that nation's massive oil reserves, why have plans to build four huge military bases and our largest ever embassy there?

Will the war diminish the terrorist threat to America, or will it mean that for every terrorist killed 10 more are born?

What continued sacrifices in domestic spending will Bush extract to underwrite the war?

Unless and until the president offers and clearly articulates the answers to these crucial questions about his intentions in Iraq, the sentiment for all-out withdrawal will only intensify.
... 06.Jun.2005 05:38


Even relatively liberal establishment voices like the P-I can't let go of the fantasy of American omnipotence. The opportunity to avoid a security disaster in Iraq was before the invasion. Now there IS a security disaster in Iraq, and there will be a slightly different kind of security disaster whenever America leaves Iraq and the puppet government is overthrown. That disaster is waiting in the future, but it's not going to go away. America can leave Iraq today or tomorrow or next month or in 2015, and Iraq will undergo the ordeal.

The P-I and the 99% of the corporate media to the right of the P-I won't approve of America leaving Iraq until the insurgents are somehow exterminated and the country is "secure." The problem is there will never be an end to the insurrection and security in Iraq does not and cannot come from American occupation.

The Republican plan has always been to build permanent military bases in the country. They have no withdrawal plan because they do not plan to withdraw -- AT ALL. Wizard-of-Oz withdrawal plans like "we'll get out after the insurgency is over" are no longer being taken seriously by the people, but the media don't seem to care.

damn straight... 06.Jun.2005 17:23

this thing here

hell no they won't leave. and let's be clear about just what those permanent bases will be protecting over the next two, crucial decades. any guesses? hmmm...

they already told us 06.Jun.2005 20:16

basement cynic

I'm pretty sure I heard Rumsfeld on the radio just a few days ago saying in no uncertain terms that we will be in Iraq for years to come.

They aren't even bothering to lie about it anymore.