CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Leaders of Iraq’s sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq’s opposition had a “legitimate right” of resistance.
The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.
The participants in Cairo agreed on “calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces ... control the borders and the security situation” and end terror attacks.
It's over. The leaders of Iraq have now asked us to make preparations to leave and by when. If Bush and his administration still insist on staying at this point it is NOT for Iraq's own good or because they have requested it. If we stay, we are staying against their will.
Bush is probably thankful as this will let him off the hook from actually having a real exit strategy - unless his concept the whole time was to simply overstay our welcome until they kicked us out.