In a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, author Scott Turow (in photo) offered a novel idea about resolving the ongoing debate over how long to keep U.S. troops in Iraq: “Why don’t we ask the people of Iraq what they think?”
He pointed out that “if the remaining rationale for our presence in Iraq hinges on our commitment to democracy there, what possible excuse can we have for not letting the Iraqis make the ultimate choice about our occupation? If a solid majority throughout the country wants us out, then we can leave knowing that we are not deserting a people eager for our presence.”
He proposed a national plebiscite to determine whether Iraqis want us to stay for the long haul or to leave over the near term. Polls indicate a large majority of Iraqis want us gone. If true, why not honor their wishes, realizing that the Iraqis will and should have the largest say in the future direction of their country?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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