Bush Administration Considering Increasing Pace of Iraq Withdrawal


The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago.

Such a withdrawal would be a striking reversal from the nadir of the war in 2006 and 2007.

One factor in the consideration is the pressing need for additional American troops in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and other fighters have intensified their insurgency and inflicted a growing number of casualties on Afghans and American-led forces there.

Is it just me, or might politics be at play here?

I thought that we had to stay in Iraq to get the job done, even if that meant spending 100 years there.

But it’s especially amusing that they are using one of Obama’s arguments for a speedier withdrawal – that we need to get out of Iraq, in part, so that we can increase our troop levels in Afghanistan, the real battlefield in the war on terror.

Might the Bush administration be thinking about changing strategies to help McCain?

Or am I just too cynical?


2 responses to “Bush Administration Considering Increasing Pace of Iraq Withdrawal

  1. Well, I think you are just thinking right. They are withdrawing from Iraq so they can wage a war in Iran and help boost McCain’s candidacy. At least in Iran they have a concrete evidence for WMD. Look how the missile testing thing was played up in the media … though previously, Iran had been doing the activity as a routine for the past years. Why react only now?

    And there is a reason to pull out the forces in Iraq because it will be too taxing for the government to fight war in several fronts… So, the concentration will now be in Iran. Half a league… Onward!

  2. I was thinking about the possibility that it is to help McCain mostly when the news about the Iraqis are wanting to US to withdraw. If the troops start coming home early, McCain can start start doing the “told you so” line with the democrats in respects to the war.

    Then again, Bush has been saber rattling with Iran. Let’s just pray the he doesn’t decide to start another war in the last few days of his presidency.

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