Harry Reid's comments yesterday that there would remain thousands of troops in Iraq even after a withdrawal should not lead to all the gnashing of the teeth among progressives that it has.
The important thing is we begin pulling out troops as soon as possible. We can begin to cut deployments and rebuild our weakened military after that gets underway.
More importantly I have no doubt that there will come a point after we've withdrawn a majority of our troops when it will become politically impossible for us to keep any force in Iraq for long after. Events on the ground will accelerate and even under the best case scenario for resolution - a stable coalition government in Iraq - we will be asked to leave.
I want our troops out. The sooner the better. Nothing Reid said plays against that desire.
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