Today, the President announced his plan for draw-down of US troops in Iraq. The plan would withdraw about 100,000 American troops from Iraq by August of 2010 - or 18 months from now - and would leave an estimated 35-50,000 troops, with a plan for all troops to be withdrawn by the end of 2011. Interestingly enough, the president's plan has drawn overwhelming support and praise from Republicans, while causing some in his own Democratic party to question if the residual force is not too much. I found the following comment from the petulant Republican House whip Eric Cantor to be amusing, though:
President Obama deserves credit for not listening to the chorus of voices calling for a rapid drawdown of forces regardless of the consequences for Iraq, our military and the American people.