In Australia, our Prime Minister - John Howard, has warned the Iraqi Government to make some progress or our nation will be pulling out.
Here is an article from NEWS.com.au:
So it begs the question... do you think America, Australia and the UK should pull out of Iraq? I'll run a poll... then you give your opinions.
I believe its about time we did. Its about 5 years since we went in, and yet we haven't really achieved anything. We still wake up to the news of more bombings, etc.
Yes, we need to pull out.
I don't think e should just pack up and leave, but we should hurry up, finish the job, then pack up and leave.
I agree with missdixy. We need to set targets and get out of there as quickly as possible.
Publicly setting a deadline, though, would be a huge error as it will give the insurgents too much information.
I think we should withdraw troops in stages. We should aim to have everyone out by 2010. That's my views anyway. They've done their best, but I don't think anything will ever be achieved there - so its just a waste of taxpayer money.
why the people choose the war
It is time to pull out of Iraq but I don't think they will because they still have to steal petrol...
No one in America seems to understand war in general and certainly not a civil war in a foreign country. Look at what happened in Somalia as soon as the Marines left the Warlords began to target the UN Peace Keepers and civilians. It'll be the same in Iraq, you can't tear a country down, build up a partial government and then leave it to die, you either leave immediately or you remain in place until the government can protect itself and its people. Also, when we leave it needs to be done quickly, because a slow pull out would lead to the same kind of overwhelming wave attacks seen in the end of Vietnam.
i kinda think along the lines of missdixy...that said...it was a huge mistake to start this fight...there were other alternatives...george was eager for it, so was his cabinet...it's a shame that these ignorant people were given the reins of power in america...bad, bad all around...
Yes, it is high time these countries pulled out of Iraq. Everyone knows that the US got into this whole mess because of oil. And the other countries couldn't but help go behind US due to various other pressures. I am sure that once Bush gets out of the White House, there is going to be a change in the US Foreign Policy.
Is Australia really helping with anything though? You never hear about Australian troops in Iraq. You hear about the 4 American soliders killed by a car bomb on a daily basis. Yes, we need to have a quick hit-and-leave plan.
Remember, after helping Afghanistan defeat the USSR, we immediately pulled out and left Afghanistan to virtually collapse on itself. That is, in part, resonsible for hostilities. We don't need to create anymore hostilities than we already have. And yes, I realize that this could be a lose-lose situation for America, but to be honest, we should keep our nose out of places it doesn't belong.
It probably would have been better off if the war was never started.
I'm not sure how things are goinging right now, but one thing is obvious.
Iraq doesn't seem to want to help themselves, and for that matter how much of
Iraq are actually terrorists? At least Saddam was able to keep a tight reign over his country.
Now it's all a mess, a place of chaos.
As far as a change in policy of the US when a new president gets elected,
I couldn't agree more. It will still take at least a year maybe 2 for our troops
to withdrawl. And It won't be any secret when the amount of troops start decreasing.
It's an annoying thing called freedom of the press, and when they do a cover that
the troops are leaving, it's going to give a heads up for the terrorists.
That's why I'd rather see all the troops pull out all at once. There would
be some casualties, but less than if they pulled out little by little.
Iraq needs to start taking care of Iraq.
That said, if we've had a hand in creating, or at least supporting the creation of, this mess then I think we should probably stay around to help clean it up.