Quote from prmenrs
Great. When will our kids be home?
PM Nouri Al-Maliki, in Iraq, says he believes that we can withdraw 100,000 of our 169,000 troops by the end of 2008.
He said it in early October, but I'd have to search for the link because I found it in another link that linked to a Yahoo News article on it and that article is no longer available on-line.
Gen Petraeus has said that we will begin withdrawing troops in Dec and should be back down to 130,000 by May. He said that in his report to Congress, in Sept.
The answer to your question: the numbers of our troop presence will be decreasing steadily, beginning next month. No matter WHAT your political beliefs, that is good news.
In fact, there will be pressure to withdraw more troops as the 2008 election approaches. That isn't even bad or cynical news: politics is part of war. Much better to withdraw while turning over day to day control to a stabilized Iraqi authority in an environment of growing peace than it would have been to turn day to day operations in Iraq over to terrorists and warring ethnicities. It is the difference between failure and success.
It is the difference between victory and a bloodbath as we depart. More to the point, the President deserves credit. Thank you President Bush.
I'll go one step further, while I believe that Sen. Reid was out of line to try to snatch failure from the jaws of victory with his "war is lost" comment, the loyal opposition here to the war deserves credit for this new turn of events, as well. If there had not been serious pressure on the President to perform, Rumsfield might still be in charge of operations. Thank God for a free society that can bring all sides to the table. It was the pressure-cooker here over the war that energized the change in strategy that is now producing results. So, all of you that have been against this war for so long: you deserve credit, as well. Thank you.
And, of course, Thank you, General Petraeus, our awesome troops, and the Iraqi people.
We can all be proud of our military and deservedly so.