Monday, March 19, 2007

Exit Strategy from Iraq: Finally!


Iraq: US Marines
Originally uploaded by slagheap.
Checking out my RSS feeds, and I was glad to see the news reporting that President Bush has now outlined an exit strategy from Iraq.

As reported in the Onion:
Almost a year after the cessation of major combat and a month after the nation's first free democratic elections, President Bush unveiled the coalition forces' strategy for exiting Iraq.

"I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Defense and I have formulated a plan for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq," Bush announced Monday morning. "We'll just go through Iran."

Bush said the U.S. Army, which deposed Iran's longtime enemy Saddam Hussein, should be welcomed with open arms by the Islamic-fundamentalist state.

"And Iran's so nearby," Bush said. "It's only a hop, skip, and a jump to the east."

According to White House officials, coalition air units will leave forward air bases in Iraq and transport munitions to undisclosed locations in Iran. After 72 to 96 hours of aerial-bomb retreats, armored-cavalry units will retreat across the Zagros mountains in tanks, armored personnel carriers, and strike helicopters. The balance of the 120,000 troops will exit into the oil-rich borderlands around the Shatt-al-Arab region within 30 days.
This is, finally, an acknowledgment that "stay the course" and "surge" really haven't worked, and will not work, and a new strategy is needed to not only get us out of Iraq, but to bring peace and stability to the region.

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