Friday, May 06, 2005

U.S. TO WITHDRAW FROM IRAQ BY END OF 2005 - ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT

The United States has a plan in the works to fully withdraw its troops from Iraq by the end of 2005, Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported May 6, citing an article to be published in Egyptian Al-Ahram al-Arabi magazine on May 7.

The plan awaits President George W. Bush's approval. KUNA cites an Iraqi official as saying the office of U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley has a 30-page report outlining the withdrawal called the "Roadmap" that is the result of eight months of consideration between U.S. officials and Iraqis who are not in the current government. The story adds that the plan is set to be announced during an international conference to be held in a European capital with U.S. and Iraqi participation.

My opinion has always been that announcing a withdrawl date will be disasterous. It will embolden the terrorists there and convince them they are winning and driving the American forces out. If we are going to withdraw, best to do it slowly and quietly...