Friday, December 23, 2005

Controlled draw-down commences

I note in the news today that Secretary Rumsfeld has announced that authorization to reduce troops levels has been granted. The announcement didn't have a specific number but the story says Pentagon sources are placing the number at about 7000. I realize that the anti-Bush crowd will be cynical about it ("it's just a political ploy") or gloating ("we forced his hand") but the fact is that it's good news and a sign of real progress. As the President has said, as the Iraqis stand up, we can stand down.