New York Times: It's Time to Come Home

The New York Times in an editorial today says we have to begin redeployment of troops from Iraq and end the war.

It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.

It's a sobering piece. The Times opines it's not as simple as just coming home. Logistics won't be easy and we may need to use other country's bases to effectuate it. It's a process that will take months. Which is why the Times says we have to set a date now.

The Times is justifiably harsh in its criticism of Bush:


While Mr. Bush scorns deadlines, he kept promising breakthroughs — after elections, after a constitution, after sending in thousands more troops. But those milestones came and went without any progress toward a stable, democratic Iraq or a path for withdrawal. It is frighteningly clear that Mr. Bush’s plan is to stay the course as long as he is president and dump the mess on his successor. Whatever his cause was, it is lost.

The political leaders Washington has backed are incapable of putting national interests ahead of sectarian score settling. The security forces Washington has trained behave more like partisan militias. Additional military forces poured into the Baghdad region have failed to change anything.

There's only one conclusion to be drawn from the Iraq fiasco and the Times notes most of reached it a long time ago:

Continuing to sacrifice the lives and limbs of American soldiers is wrong. The war is sapping the strength of the nation’s alliances and its military forces. It is a dangerous diversion from the life-and-death struggle against terrorists. It is an increasing burden on American taxpayers, and it is a betrayal of a world that needs the wise application of American power and principles.

The continuing death toll is unacceptable. By moving into Iraq, Bush blew the chance to affect al Qaeda where they are strongest -- in Afghanistan. The Times puts the blame exactly where it is most deserved: on Bush and Cheney.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have used demagoguery and fear to quell Americans’ demands for an end to this war. They say withdrawing will create bloodshed and chaos and encourage terrorists. Actually, all of that has already happened — the result of this unnecessary invasion and the incompetent management of this war.

So what do we do now?

This country faces a choice. We can go on allowing Mr. Bush to drag out this war without end or purpose. Or we can insist that American troops are withdrawn as quickly and safely as we can manage — with as much effort as possible to stop the chaos from spreading.

That means that we have to step up the pressure on our Democratic lawmakers. They've been pussy-footing on Iraq for too long now. It's been 8 months since the election and we're no closer to getting our troops home.

We elected them in large part due to our opposition to the Iraq War. They haven't fulfilled our expectations. Let them know.

Our leaders in Congress need to set a deadline for an exit from Iraq now and not just make speeches that the War was unjustified. If a 2008 contender expects our support, he or she needs to endorse a date certain now.

As Big Tent Democrat wrote a few hours ago, Iraq: The Time is Now.

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    Bravo NYT. n/t (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by andgarden on Sat Jul 07, 2007 at 11:57:13 PM EST

    I'm cautious (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Edger on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 12:04:57 AM EST
    We've been burned by their and Judy Miller's war and by the MSM generally for too long.

    I hope they've learned and will use the media power they have to help end it, but I'm cautious.


    There's a difference between Editorial and News (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by andgarden on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 12:11:44 AM EST
    The former has typically been good--if a bit slow--and the latter is often irresponsible.

    True, good point (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Edger on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 12:18:56 AM EST
    Hard not to feel played though.

    Sort of the opposite of the WSJ pre Murdock (none / 0) (#10)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 09:45:43 AM EST
    The two good halves joined together (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by andgarden on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 09:56:04 AM EST
    would be awesome.

    And powerful (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 10:07:23 AM EST
    in a Cronkitesque way.

    Wow. (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by TomStewart on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 12:13:31 AM EST
    After all the cheerleading the NYT's has done for this war, they finally wake up with the foretold hangover. Well, I'm glad to see they have come around, late but welcome.

    Yes, Bush managed to screw up two wars by starting one. A-mazing. Now we must do the hardest thing...leave. It'd be much easier to stay, to keep pointing down the road, to the next bend and listen to Bush tell us how pretty it is, and how we'll be heroes for bringing democracy to poor little I-raq.

    No. Now is the time. Now we should set the date, make the plans, and find the exit. Violence against the troops will probably go down with a date and plan. Sectarian violence might go up, now that the factions will turn to each other rather than the common enemy, the American troops, but we can't sit atop the powderkeg any longer. It's doing no one any good and is only getting our guys killed.

    I'm sorry, but the Iraqis have to fix this mess themselves.

    irony (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by eric on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 01:57:37 AM EST
    Its ironic that the majority of middle America was ahead of the Times on this, but so it goes.  Let's end this disaster.

    The majority of Middle America ... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Meteor Blades on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 05:03:18 AM EST
    ...not to mention we premature patriots who have been screaming Out Now! for years.

    We spent most of yesterday (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 11:17:21 AM EST
    saying goodbye to a friend who is headed back to Iraq on the 28th of this month.  He leaves here on Tuesday to attend a brief schooling of some kind and then to the war he goes.  This is very good news to read this morning ;)  It is nice to know that many of the people I know deploying could be spending their deployments "leaving" Iraq. Fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed.

    your clock is off (none / 0) (#5)
    by teacherken on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 12:17:08 AM EST
    this shows up on my computer as having been posted at 1:50 AM EST

    it is now 1:01 EDT   you may need to adjust something.


    I often reset the post time (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 12:26:28 AM EST
    when I post late on a day so that the post shows up as the next day. Nothing's off except my arbitrarily resetting the time.