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 begins:

"It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.

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.

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."


Read the rest here

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.

Posted July 9, 2007 at 12:30pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Julie Bindel