It’s ballsy to go ahead and give sovereignty to the Iraqis, and then it’s not. What do you gain? You probably miss the timing of some planned terrorist attacks coinciding with your sovereignty handover.
My first reaction was, “This is the right thing.” But then I remembered the one truth to the handover that, perhaps, few have contemplated: American forces will generally be under the command of Iraqi politicians. We typically don’t do that. Yes, there will be some sovereignty of American forces, but someone has to keep the peace, and it’ll be our boys and girls.
Bush and Co. will rightly get the blame when those kids die, too.
Not that it’s probably not the right thing to do, but it’s certainly a hard thing to do.
Those in Washington who thing everything’s going to be copacetic are fooling themselves.
[Ed.: What a moron I am, using the homonym for reins—reigns—in place of the proper term. Yeesh.]