Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The President won't say it, but I will. Candidate Obama promised to withdraw our combat troops from Iraq in about a year-and-a-half, and focus efforts instead on Afghanistan, and President Obama has done exactly what he promised, on schedule, and with hardly a mishap. It's hard to think of too many presidents in my lifetime who consistently did pretty much what they told us they were going to do.
Nobody is saying that all the problems of Iraq are solved, but I also don't hear too many people arguing that a larger continued U.S. military presence in Iraq would be helpful in solving them. Which means that in addition to applauding the successful withdrawal of 100,000 combat troops from Iraq, we should also cheer the fact that we have achieved something approaching political consensus on what was a pretty contentious issue during the campaign. The White House and the Pentagon should get some credit for that achievement also.