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July 22, 2008

Heather Wilson: McCain Wants the Troops Out in Less Than Sixteen Months, if Possible

Allah wonders if that's even logistically possible. I don't know logistics, but I can't really think of a good reason why it only takes six months to build up forces from nothing and yet two years to evacuate.

But impossible or not, I like it. Because it underscores an important point: The swiftest "exit strategy" turns out to have been simple military victory.

If we'd followed Obama's strategy, we'd be withdrawing troops brigade by brigade, harried and attacked and killed all the way home, with Iraq degenerating further into chaos and causing, necessarily, delays in withdrawals. It would be the US Embassy in Vietnam evacuation in slow motion, and in a much bigger scale, and of course even bloodier.

Winning the war, it turns out, not only results in the complete defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the creation of a fledgling democracy with a chance of success (and that's all one can really offer a nation-- a chance), but it actually reduces US casualties and gets our boys home faster than a withdrawal-while-being-fired-upon would.

Obama's plan, as it turns out, would have resulted in higher casualties, and a slower redeployment, than winning the war.

So: What advantage did it have? For the hard-left, losing the war would have been an advantage in and of itself, and a crucial one. But I don't believe the Obamachrist is quite honest enough to say that.

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