the truth is that I don't, of course, think a "precipitous" departure from Mesopotamia is a good idea. Were the country run by reasonable people, I would think something like this would happen:I don't know about you, but I'm heartily sick of those pro-war individuals who think saying "well, what would your plan be?" is any argument in favor of Bush's non-plan. I had a go at "my plan" back in April of 2005. I put it in three long posts: Twin Wars:Looking Back, Part Two, Iraq and Part Three,Aghanistan and Onward. The Iraq Study Group, a year later, came to much the same conclusions in many areas. We all know how much Bush listened to the ISG.
The current situation in Iraq is a tangled mess. That is entirely the fault of the current incumbent of the White House and his coterie of cronies, worm-tongues and cheerleaders. Any attempt to unravel that mess by any means is hamstrung by their continued attempts to tangle it even further. Yet the culprits now want others to come up with plans?
It's like the arsonist asking someone to put out the fire in the barn while said arsonist insists on bolting the door and starting new fires.
Any real plan has to begin by locking up the arsonist. That can't be done, so the next best bet is taking the aronist's matches away from him - which is why congress should take the step of defunding the occupation.