"This is a turning point," he said. "I think, in the next 12 or 15 months, that we’re going to make history. We’re going to allow the nation of Iraq to build itself," Boozer said. Read moreToday, the positive stories in Iraq are numerous...
Heh, not if the Congress has anything to say about it. (see below)
BUT: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that unless Congress passes funding for the Iraq war within days, he will direct the Army and Marine Corp. to begin developing plans to lay off employees and terminate contracts early next year."With the support of Coalition forces, Shiites and Sunnis are beginning to come together to broaden National Reconciliation, and strengthen their country. A rapid draw-down, without consideration for the safety & ALL factors; could have a cascading effect.
First there was word of withholding paychecks to the families of fighting soldiers, unless a surrender time-table accompanied the War funding... Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Pentagon can tap into its $471 billion annual budget instead.
Defense Secretary Gates discusses his plans to protect our Men & Women in uniform who are making headway; in the face of early 'withdrawal complications.' This comes at a time when Iraqis are implementing positive developments both politically and militarily...And as Congress plans to leave this for their 'post vacation' in 2008; they leave our Military and Iraqis insecure about the future, and retention of progress!