Pull out date may help conditions for Iraq war

By Dave Damiano
April 19, 2007

It seems nowadays that whenever someone writes a column or perspective, it is about the war in Iraq. I didn’t want to take that route, I felt compelled to write about something different. But something occurred in the last week that has urged me to vent my frustration.

On Friday, March 23, House Democrats voted to end the war in Iraq. Democrats won the vote 218-212. However, President Bush has vowed to veto the bill. The Democrats do not have enough votes to overturn the veto because a two-thirds majority is needed.

In an effort to prove the Democrats wrong, President Bush is sending 30,000 more troops to Iraq.

I guess he feels losing more American soldiers is the right way to form a strong democracy in a foreign country.

So what’s going to happen to us in the next coming months? I have a few friends fighting overseas right now. I haven’t spoken to them since long before they left, but I still can’t stand the fact that they are there until September.

After everything that has happened recently, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were there longer.

It has been almost four years since the mission was accomplished in 2003. We are now caught policing a broken country, and the result is that soldiers are still dying.

I understand that it is hard to just pick up and leave Iraq. But, instead of just vetoing the plan of a September 2008 pull out date, why not use it to get the job done.

Instead of just doing nothing (which seems like the current administration is best at,) a deadline date will at least make everyone work harder at completing the task and get our troops home.

We need to do something soon because the people of Iraq don’t like us, they never will and they want us out.

Dave Damiano

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