Iraq Exit Plan: Why We Need to Know
To search for a reason
To ride that horse
And stay the course
While riding from rack to ruin
In Iraq’s countless sand dunes
Yesterday, in a meeting in Egypt, the three major factions of Iraqis have concluded that we need to set a timetable to leave Iraq. All this comes when the President is testing new lows in the polls. Moderate Republicans are breaking ranks and refusing to be seen with Bush, the living model of insanity who on seeing failure through death after death in Iraq, sternly announces that he is “staying the course.” Bush provides the rationale that to announce an end date would provide too much information to the enemy. As we have written in the past, the impact of that information on the enemy is far less than it is on our own troops. Apparently, King George is the only one who doesn’t get it.
Our own troops need to know how to plan the combat operations and the supporting logistics. They need to know how to plan their personal lives. This same information, even if made public, is hardly “actionable intelligence” as we like to term information that will support a raid or an attack. The obvious countermeasures include training Iraqis and stationing a strike force in Kuwait as well as providing a step-by-step process to protect the diminishing troop numbers.
If we knew when we were leaving Iraq, we could set performance goals for the development of the infrastructure and then break down those goals into achievable objectives in water purification and delivery; petroleum production, school and road construction, hospital activation and staffing, etc.
If we knew when we were leaving Iraq, we could prepare job programs and training programs for returning veterans. If we knew when we were leaving Iraq, we could budget for domestic programs with greater certainty. If we knew when we were leaving Iraq, we could plan the recuperation of our armed forces and homeland defense. If we knew when we were leaving Iraq, we could select the champagne and get a better price.