We Have It!
Yes, the answer to my prayers! The question that has been plauging me ever since we began the push for democracy in Iraq, "When is it over?", has been answered.
Gen. Peter Pace said the current force of 160,000 would drop to below 138,000 by March, then U.S. commanders on the ground would work with the Iraqi government to determine the pace of future pullbacks in areas that have been secured by local security forces.I thought that this is how it might go. Give the Iraqi's responsibility and take our guys out of the picture. It's kinda like teaching a kid how to ride a bike. You can't just pull off the training wheels and expect him to be Lance Armstrong.
"The bottom line will be that the Iraqi army and the Iraqi police will gain in competence, that they will be able to take on more and more of the territory, whether or not there are still insurgents in that area," he said in an interview with a small group of reporters, including The Associated Press, aboard a military plane en route to the United Arab Emirates.
Yes, it will take time. More of our boys will most likely pay the ultimate price, but now the ones we lost will not have died in vain. We know what the goal is. You can track the progress and see results.
Now everybody join me in a chorus of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."