Anyone seen this? Obama: He's claiming we'll be out of Iraq by the end of August. Except we'll be leaving 50 thousand behind. And our "combat role" has been over for ages. It's been glorified occupational forces for years and years now. So what's he doing? That's right, he's cutting down the size of the occupational force to 50K. You know what that will do? Put the lives of those 50K in more danger then they had been before. Look, it's simple. There are two ways out of the "war" in Iraq, due to the eastern mindset. You know what those options are? 1) Get out completely. Leave. ACTUALLY leave, not just lower the troop number which in turn makes them more vulnerable. 2) Roll completely over them and completely assume ownership of Iraq. Colonize it. Anyone who resists? Hit them with such force that the resistors are dead and so much collateral damage is caused that people are terrified to resist. I support option 1. Heavily. It needed to be done oh... two days after we started it. Why the hell are we attacking Iraq over something Saudi Arabia did anyway? They're not even the same kind of Muslim. They hate one another MORE than they hate western society. It was a flawed action from the beginning. It's like attacking Jewish folks because Nazis attacked you. But you know what? I'd even support option 2 over Obama's current plan. This is going to look like a retreat and the guerilla forces will know they just have to keep pushing and killing our troops and we'll eventually leave them entirely alone. Obama's plan results in Option 1 happening.. but it kills a lot of troops who will then be replenished to bring up to the insufficient force strength number; who will then die and be replaced and so on until we finally LEAVE. I'm mostly liberal, on many many MANY topics... but I can't stand the clueless buffoon we have in office. He makes Bush look like an elder statesman with considered and well thought out opinions.