Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Possible reduction of troops in Iraq by year's end

As Condi Rice and Rumsfeld visit Baghdad, ABC reports on projected troop reductions by the end of 2006.

April 26, 2006 — As the top U.S. commander in Iraq [Gen. George Casey] suggested today that the United States will soon reduce the number of troops in Iraq, Pentagon planners tell ABC News they hope to pull more than 30,000 troops out by the end of the year, and possibly by as early as November. The reductions depend on political and security progress in Iraq.

[...] In late December, Rumsfeld announced a reduction in U.S. troops that brought the number down from 150,000 to 132,000 and suggested more withdrawals would be coming — Casey suggested at the time that reductions would come by March and the Pentagon had begun planning to bring the number of troops down to 100,000 by the end of the year.

A fairly sizable reduction and it's based on progress on the ground (the comment on troop reduction was made a General) not some artificial timetable created by some guys in cubicles thousands of miles away who've never even seen a gun, let alone been to a warzone.

As the situation improves troops will come home, not bring the troops home and hope things improve.