Osama yesterday presented his Iraq exit strategy to the Senate. He wants to pull out in spring 2008, in time for the troops to vote. There is an illuminating passage (thanks Ron) in Osama’s plan: so far, exit strategy proposals have all been about let’s bring the troops home if conditions such and such apply. Osama’s plan is the opposite: it individuates next Spring as the deadline for pull-out, but then it concedes that, if Iraq gets better, the troops might stay a bit longer. What’s the point of that? In a more stable Iraq, less American soldiers would die – that’s Osama’s thinking. Yes, but what would American soldiers do in a more stable Iraq, Osama? That doesn’t really matter, as long as they don’t die (thereby screwing Osama’s election). This proposal reveals how little concerned are Osama and the anti-war Democrats with the future of Iraq, and with the job Coalition Forces are doing there: they are so little concerned with it that, if the troops are needed, they must be pulled out; but if the troops are no longer needed, then they can stay.
Osama: a foreign to foreign policyJanuary 31, 2007