Iraqis providing an exit strategy?
Could this be the way out?
Iraqi Lawmakers Back Draft Bill for Withdrawal Timetable
A majority of Iraqi lawmakers have approved a draft bill calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and a freeze on current troop levels. The measure would require Iraqi leaders to seek parliamentary approval for any extension of foreign troops when the UN mandate expires this year. At least one-hundred thirty eight of Iraq’s two-hundred-seventy-five member parliament have signed on. [from DemocracyNow!]
“I read just this week that a significant number of the Iraqi parliament want to vote to ask us to leave. I want to assure you, Wolf, if they vote to ask us to leave, we’ll be glad to comply with their request.” – Republican Senator (and Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell on CNN yesterday.
Many could see themselves as winners here: President Bush could say he never bowed to Congress, and leaving “before the job is done” wasn’t his fault. The Republicans in Congress could say they never abandoned the President. Troops are coming home before the next election, rendering many Democrats’ arguments moot. But Democrats could say they were the first to seek what eventually happened. And Iraqi lawmakers could get points with voters for looking anti-American. Everybody ends up with a story to tell.
And I don’t think wars end until the heavies get their stories.
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