The Mudville Gazette notes that it is now May 17 and that, “If John Kerry had his way, all the troops would be home now.”
The May 15 deadline has passed, but The Mudville Gazette misunderstands the point of the deadline. If the Iraqis had such a deadline their response may have been to form a government prior to the deadline. Also, not all the troops would be home, with some still remaining in the area should they be needed for purposes which affected our national security, as opposed to settling their civil war. On the other hand, if all troops were out of Iraq today, that wouldn’t necessariliy be such a bad thing. Al Qaeda would lose their major source of recruitment.