Iraqis Want Us Out…Want Us To Stay

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As much as I think it’s a bad idea, you can’t disagree with a poll that says 7 out of every 10 Iraqis want us gone within a year.

From World Public Opinion:

A new WPO poll of the Iraqi public finds that seven in ten Iraqis want US-led forces to commit to withdraw within a year. An overwhelming majority believes that the US military presence in Iraq is provoking more conflict than it is preventing and there is growing confidence in the Iraqi army. If the US made a commitment to withdraw, a majority believes that this would strengthen the Iraqi government. Support for attacks on US-led forces has grown to a majority position�now six in ten. Support appears to be related to a widespread perception, held by all ethnic groups, that the US government plans to have permanent military bases in Iraq.

But remember…oh remember…that Iraq’s own President has called for us to stay and build bases in the country

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, in an interview, asked for a long-term US military presence in Iraq, saying his country will need two permanent US air bases to deter “foreign interference.”

“I think we will be in need of American forces for a long time — even two military bases to prevent foreign interference,” Talabani told The Washington Post.

“I don’t ask to have 100,000 American soldiers — 10,000 soldiers and two air bases would be enough.”

Now either Talibani doesn’t have the pulse of his nation or he knows what’s good for them. Either way, we’re getting some incredibly mixed messages here.

I don’t know people, I’m of the opinion that we either commit or we forget. And what I don’t want to see is a couple of long term bases with a few thousand troops there. That’s just asking for more trouble since we’re setting up shop in holy lands. We need to either stay and up our troop levels so we can have a real presence that delivers real results or just get the hell out of there and call it a day. Because the notion of us setting up some in-between limbo where extremists can focus their hate seems like an incredibly transparent move to simply keep the oil safe…not the Iraqi people.