Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

April 16, 2006 | By | Reply More

One of the Sunday morning pundits today (4/16/06) made an excellent point.  He observed that President Bush has refused to give a firm date for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, because, Bush says, such an action would embolden the terrorists to just wait us out.  However, Bush then ignored this principle when he mentioned that the withdrawal of US troops will be “a problem for future presidents.”  The pundit observed that, by making that statement, Bush emboldened leaders in Iraq to drag their feet with respect to their own security problems, because they now know they have at least three more years to benefit from having US troops die for their protection.

This raises the question:  would a target date for American troop withdrawal in Iraq help motivate both Iraqi leaders and citizens to press harder to secure their own safety and, thus, pave the way for fewer American dead?  Contrary to President Bush’s assertion that a a target date would only embolden the terrorists, a target date would also embolden the non-terrorists in Iraq to work harder to defend their own lives and liberty, instead of sitting back and letting Americans (both soldiers and contractors) to continue to die for them.

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Category: American Culture, Current Events, Iraq

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Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].

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