I knew this was true. I just couldn't put it together myself. This Neocon either-or, black-white, with us or agin us mentality has created a false construct: that there's only two choices for leaving Iraq, immediate exit which will throw the country into complete destructoland or leave the troops there for a loooooooooooooooooooong time. There's never been any in-between choices aired.
Finally, the Center For American Progress released a report that stated "Deciding between a swift or extended redeployment, however, is a false dilemma."
Well of course it is.
The report, How to Redeploy: Implementing a Responsible Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq, was written by Lawrence J. Korb, Max Bergmann, Sean Duggan, and Peter Juul.
I imagine that Bush will read this just like he read the Baker report.
Meanwhile, the report has more to say:
"Undeterred, the Bush administration believes the latest surge strategy should be maintained well into next year and has already mapped out plans to keep large numbers of troops on the ground in Iraq through 2009. This is the wrong course. As the Center for American Progress has argued previously in “Strategic Reset,” Iraq is currently engaged in multiple internal conflicts that American military power cannot resolve. President Bush’s “surge” strategy has ignored this fundamental premise..."
The report recommends "an orderly and safe withdrawal is best achieved over a 10- to 12-month period" and "We believe that all essential, sensitive, and costly equipment must be safely withdrawn, but taking out non-vital equipment and the meticulous dismantling of certain facilities with no military value should not be an obstacle to redeploying our troops out of harm’s way in Iraq and back into the fight against terrorism, which national security experts from across the political spectrum agree threatens the United States more than at any time since 9/11."
It can be done. Don't let them tell you anything different. We should start the process right now.