July 30, 2005


Task force to set pace of pullout (Rowan Scarborough, July 30, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The Pentagon plans to set up a task force of senior U.S. and Iraqi officials that will set conditions for withdrawing substantial numbers of American troops from Iraq next year, U.S. officials said yesterday.

Up to this point, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said he would make such an important decision based on recommendations from his two main commanders in the region, Gen. John Abizaid of U.S. Central Command and Gen. George Casey Jr., who runs operations in Iraq. He will also consult with Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, however, the U.S.-Iraq alliance plans to seek the advice of Americans and Iraqis in Baghdad because officials realize the decision will be based on so many complex facts -- a system of analysis Mr. Rumsfeld calls "metrics" -- that a task force is needed.

The panel will set conditions that must be met before a sizable withdrawal and will give Iraqi officials a bigger say in the ultimate decision.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2005 7:10 AM

I hope they include Jane Fonda on her vegetable oil bus.

Posted by: Genecis at July 30, 2005 9:10 AM

I hope sizable numbers of American troops begin to withdraw from Iraq late this year/early next year so that a) these brave men and women are back with their families, b) to shut up the "Iraq quagmire" crowd, and c) to shut up the "US forces overstretched" crowd, and d) perhaps convince other nations we might be able to turn our attention elsewhere for regime change.

Posted by: AWW at July 30, 2005 10:27 AM

"b" and "c" will just turn to "The US only declared victory and left to cover it's ignoble defeat. It wasn't a *real* victory because the US didn't meet all umpty-hundred arbitrary criteria for victory." For example, if there's still a problem with sucide bombers then it won't be considered a *real* victory.

Posted by: Governor Breck at July 30, 2005 3:47 PM