Friday, February 27, 2009

Another vindication for the Bush administration

The Obama administration admits recently that, even when it pulls out of Iraq...well, it isn't, not really--and Democrats aren't happy:

"Even before they are briefed at the White House late this afternoon, Senate Democratic leaders expressed concerns over reports that President Obama’s proposal to withdraw troops from Iraq over a 19-month timeline would leave a residual force there of as many as 50,000 troops. At a news briefing a few minutes ago, Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader from Nevada, indicated that he would be conveying his concerns to the president about the reported troop levels that would remain once the withdrawal deadline is met in August 2010. Mr. Reid said: "I’m going to go to the White House for a briefing on the Iraq situation this afternoon. I have been one for a long time who has called for significant cutbacks in Iraq. I’m happy to listen to the secretary of defense and the president but when they talk about 50,000, that’s a little higher number than I anticipated."But to conservatives, what should make us happy is, not just the Democrats engaging in more infighting, but simply this: the Bush administration and other supporters of our operations in Iraq said it would not be wise to completely pull out of that country."

And now the Obama administration agrees.