After watching the VP debate, one major issue I paid attention to because, I’ve lived in it was the Iraq AND Afghanistan issues. Granted I think the candidates did a great job. However, you cannot establish a black and white time line to a troop withdrawal. That’s like saying I can see into the future and I know my time line will be accurate.
You don’t know how fast or slow Iraqi Army development will continue
although it has grown so much with the assistance of our dedicated
service members. When Coalition Forces rolled into Kuwait, we were
greeted as liberators. You won’t ever be greeted as liberators in an
insurgency and that was never said.
Many think Iraq is done and we should be out and in Afghanistan. Have a
seat and light a cigar because we are in the “red zone” (football
speak) with Iraq and to pull out before its time is a certain sentence
of failure including all of the professional work recently completed.
Al-Qaida was the focus in Iraq and there are very small trails of them
still present but to set a time line would only mean the insurgent
power would hide and wait, which was their initial plan to outlast the
American will in Iraq in the first place but a surge destroyed that
idea, and them. We need to push through the red zone in Iraq where it
could be violent if we don’t and continue the course with Afghanistan.
Watch, after a short time Afghanistan will slow down. Why? Because at
this time of year is the harvesting period for opium and they are very
protective of their opium. We will continue to succeed in Iraq as long
as we continue making gains and the Iraqi’s continue to take issues
into their own hands. When is it time to leave, soon, but not defined
enough to build a definitive time line.