Feingold has argued that this kind of clarity, combined with an effective reconstruction effort and constructive assistance to the political process, could help the U.S. to:
• Undermine the recruiting efforts and the unity of insurgents;
• Encourage Iraqi ownership of the transition process and bolster the legitimacy of the Iraqi authorities;
• Reassure the American people that our Iraq policy is not directionless; and
• Most importantly, create space for a broader discussion of our real national security priorities.
In August Feingold’s proposal for a gradual, phased withdrawal was ravaged by critics for being a terrible idea.
Aside from the dates and minor details, is there any substantive difference between Feingold’s withdrawal plan, Murtha’s resolution and Senator Biden’s timetable for a gradual, phased withdrawal from Iraq, which the White House is now taking credit for?
[Editor’s note: My comment about Feingold’s gradual, phased withdrawal proposal was changed as reflected in the comments.]