Kristof: "[I]t’s time to face the grim reality and announce that all our troops will leave Iraq by October 2007."
The Iraqis want us to go, and they fear we plan to keep long-term military bases on their soil, he says. "Iraqis are crystal clear about what the U.S. should do: announce a timetable for withdrawal of our troops within one year. They’re right. Our failure to declare a timetable and, above all, our coveting long-term military bases in Iraq feed the insurgency and end up killing more young Americans."
More: "Renouncing bases should be a no-brainer, and it would be the simplest way to save American lives. Seventy-seven percent of Iraqis say the U.S. plans permanent bases in Iraq. (They’re right, although we hem and haw about it.)"