Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

FLASH TRAFFIC:
I've berth shifted to a new and improved Yankee Sailor.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bush Commits to Iraq Until 2009

This might be long enough to do the job:

President Bush said yesterday that future administrations will have to grapple with how and when to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, indicating that he doesn't see an end to U.S. commitments until at least 2009.

"That'll be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq," Mr. Bush said at his second press conference of the year, during which he also said Iraq is not in the middle of a civil war and defended his continued commitment of U.S. troops.

"If I didn't believe we could succeed, I wouldn't be there," he said. "I wouldn't put those kids there."
There are, in my mind, a few things that need to happen before we go.
  1. America must complete the training of an Iraqi security apparatus that is capable of defending, and loyal to, the system of government.
  2. The political factions in Iraq must demonstrate that they can work together effectively in government, and peacefully transfer power from one elected government to another.

Once Iraq can do those two things, we can depart.