Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
I think the US needs to set a timetable, and by doing so, we can still get the job done and here's how. The Iraqi Federal Government is the weakest national governmental system in the world. As of right now, regional governments in Iraq have more power. In a country with as many ethnic and religious differences as Iraq has, that can't work.
Regional governments sponsor the group that makes up their region, whether it be Kurds, Shia, or Sunni's. We've seen in other countries with ethnic problems that a strong federal government is needed. Marshall Tito in Yugoslavia, Saddam in Iraq.
I believe we can have a strong central government in
Iraq without making it a dictatorship. The US needs to increase the power of the Iraqi Fed. Gov. and make them less reliable on US. We also need to double, possibly even triple, the manpower of the Iraqi Security Forces.
And as for keeping a timetable secret...the insurgents are attacking us no matter what. A timetable would be in place to gradually extract our troops. It would not be like the insurgents all of a sudden had complete control over Iraq.
A timetable would be in place to shift power from the US to the Iraqi's.