Senator Lieberman spoke to his colleagues this morning and eloquently explained why we should not withdraw from Iraq.

His statement was clear and reasoned, describing the chaos that would result if U.S. troops were pulled from Iraq beginning October 1, the deadline for phased redeployment contained in the bill.In his speech, Senator Lieberman pointed out the problems with the bill, specifically tearing apart the reasons given by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a speech on Monday. Mr. Lieberman also noted that,

This withdrawal would happen regardless of conditions on the ground, regardless of the recommendations of General Petraeus, in short regardless of reality on October 1, 2007. As far as I can tell, none of the supporters of withdrawal have attempted to explain why October 1 is the magic date—what strategic or military significance this holds. Why not September 1? Or January 1? This is a date as arbitrary as it is inflexible—a deadline for defeat.How do proponents of this deadline defend it? On Monday, Senator Reid gave several reasons. First, he said, a date for withdrawal puts “pressure on the Iraqis to make the desperately needed political compromises.”

But will it? According to the legislation now before us, the withdrawal will happen regardless of what the Iraqi government does.

How, then, if you are an Iraqi government official, does this give you any incentive to make the right choices?

Regardless of opinion of whether this was a just war, the United States committed itself to nation building in Iraq and we must carry through. To do anything less would leave Iraq, and by extension the Middle East, in a state of turmoil.

Regardless of opinion of whether this was a just war, the United States committed itself to nation building in Iraq and we must carry through. To do anything less would leave Iraq, and by extension the Middle East, in a state of turmoil.Laura Echevarria (www.lauraechevarria.com )

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