NYT Calls for Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
This op-ed from the New York Times is the paper's most potent condemnation of the Iraq war thus far.
"It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.
Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion, waiting for a sign that President Bush was seriously trying to dig the United States out of the disaster he created by invading Iraq without sufficient cause, in the face of global opposition, and without a plan to stabilize the country afterward.
At first, we believed that after destroying Iraq’s government, army, police and economic structures, the United States was obliged to try to accomplish some of the goals Mr. Bush claimed to be pursuing, chiefly building a stable, unified Iraq. When it became clear that the president had neither the vision nor the means to do that, we argued against setting a withdrawal date while there was still some chance to mitigate the chaos that would most likely follow.
While Mr. Bush scorns deadlines, he kept promising breakthroughs — after elections, after a constitution, after sending in thousands more troops. But those milestones came and went without any progress toward a stable, democratic Iraq or a path for withdrawal. It is frighteningly clear that Mr. Bush’s plan is to stay the course as long as he is president and dump the mess on his successor. Whatever his cause was, it is lost."
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A new poll taken last week by the American Research Group revealed that 45% of the 1,100 Americans polled supported the beginning of impeachment proceedings for George W. Bush and 54% supported the same for Cheney. Though the poll results have been noted publicly by members of congress, the initiation of such proceedings, however, appears to be a pipe dream for now.