Over the past few days, Iraq has officially “demanded” that the U.S. set a time table to pull out. In addition, U.S. polls have shown that over 60% of voters want out of Iraq and an end to this war. President Bush has repeatedly called for staying the course with Republicans closely in tow–or at least the non-Ron Paul Republicans.
In mid-May of 2008, Sen. John McCain said we would win in Iraq around 2013. In stark contrast, Sen. Barack Obama said that he’d pull out troops within 16 months of taking office. Only one presidential candidate actually voted against the Iraq resolution to use force. Only one said he’d pull them out immediately. It was, of course, Rep. Ron Paul.
Now it seems that President Bush, concerned about his legacy and perhaps the odds of the party winning this November, has decided to step up and follow what Ron Paul’s campaign preached: get the heck out of Dodge sooner than anyone thought. As I write, Daily Kos published an unpublished NY Times article stating that Bush intends to begin withdrawing troops this September! Now is the time to go but that soon? I’m not sure it’s logistically safe.