US OUT OF IRAQ BY END OF 2011.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that the Bush/Cheney White House has agreed to Iraqi demands that US forces be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011.
This may go beyond Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw US combat forces, while retaining a residual force.
It certainly goes far beyond John McCain’s position. Which is that any timetable for US withdrawal is tantamount to surrender.
And it appears to go beyond my view, which is to retain US bases in the essentially unpopulated region of western Iraq.
But this is a program that has been bollixed from the beginning.