While Americans Surge, Brits Prepare Withdrawal

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The American build-up in Baghdad is reaching its peak, and the effects couldn't be more devastating. Meanwhile, in Southern Iraqi city of Basra, British forces are preparing to withdraw from the city center handing control over to the locals.

The New York Times has the story of the planned withdraw of British forces from Basra.

One might ask what the differences are between these two scenarios. The British are facing an insurgency just as the U.S. is. But, the British are still working on a declared withdrawal. I am unaware of any specific deadlines for withdrawal, just an intention to do so on the part of the British.

Is that the solution for the U.S., I wonder? Declare your intention to withdraw and begin to do so. Teach Iraqi security forces to police their territory by metaphorically pushing them into the deep end?

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