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A Deadline, Whether We Want It Or Not

Well, friends and neighbors, it finally happened. Somebody gave us a deadline. Two years, and we’re out, President Jalal Talibani says. Whether that’s realistic or not remains to be seen. But for the first time since we got there, somebody friendly’s telling us we’re not to be a permanent fixture in Iraq.

This gladdens me, and worries me.

Now there is a horizon, a light at the end of the tunnel here. But now there's also an expectation. The question is, are we prepared to cut loose at the end of two years?

This is the $64,000 question. Now we're going to have to forgo a perfect solution, and go for one that does the job. but has Bush set the stage for this to get pulled off right? I hope so, but still, I worry.

Why worry? Well, I would say it's because here is where all the mistakes of this war come back to haunt us. As long as our time horizon was indefinite, so was our room for error. Now, we might have to live with turning Iraq over to the Iraqis under less than ideal circumstances.

On the other hand, this may be just the incentive that congress and this administration needs to get them off their keisters,take the resolution of this war seriously, and get this damned war over. Given a long enough time horizon, procrastination is the easy way out. Now, perhaps, we'll tell ourselves its now or never and get our jobs done.

If you Republicans have a problem with a two year deadline, well take it up with the people who made it a tough nut to crack in the first place. The two years could haves started a lot sooner and a lot easier, if we had gotten the Iraqi situation under control much earlier in the game.

We Democrats weren't complaining about the foul-ups for nothing. We knew from hard experience how much failing to get the right targets at the right time can cost a country in a war. Maybe this time, we learn the lessons of our shortfalls, instead of trying to shift the blame elsewhere.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty at April 10, 2005 6:07 PM