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.


  1. Stephen says

    I agree with the NYT and have for months spoken out regarding getting out of Iraq.

    The problem in making this a reality, and it is most unfortunate, is WICs (Wumps In Congress). The majority of elected officials in the House and Senate have ulterior motives or hidden agendas. The result being, this vitally important issue and subsequent vote, gets heaped into a pile of rhetoric, charges, allegations, mis-calculations and ultimately goes nowhere, i.e., the shouts become whimpers, for they are made by wimps.

    It’s for Congress to grow up, grow collective balls and override the veto that would certainly be handed down by this dunce called Bush.

  2. Matt says

    We are never leaving Iraq. The only way is with a Democrat as president. If we have another Republican expect a continuation of the war.

  3. anon says

    Matt even then it won’t happen under a Hillary White House.

    NYT, about damn time they came around. The NYT was the biggest cheerleader for Bush invading iraq in the first place.

  4. anon (gmail.com) says

    Having been one of the major cheerleaders getting us into the war, the NY Times is hardly a foresight champion.

  5. Paul says

    The only smart thing Bush has ever done was to insulate himself from impeachment proceedings by choosing a VP so loathesome. I’m sure the share of Americans supporting impeachment would be much higher were it not for the specter of President Cheney. (Which is also why Cindy Sheehan’s latest escapade is so irritating, aside from the fact that she has zero chance of unseating Pelosi and, come the 2008 elections, her point will be moot anyway.)

  6. Joe T. says

    Yeah, but the New York Times is also the only newspaper Mike Nifong would give interviews to towards the end, since they were the last rag screaming “The Duke boys DID rape that poor girl!”