While the US is moving some troops out of al-Anbar, the wild west of Iraq, into Baghdad. And not without reason. But what if the reduction of troops in Anbar leads to a reduction in violence? That would bolster the case for those that say we should leave sooner rather than later. And if Anbar gets even worse and Baghdad does not improve, it raises the question of whether the country is lost. If hunkering-down in Baghdad does not work, then we should quit kidding ourselves about a democracy there for now, and ask the Iraqi government for a national referendum on our presence and role. Until or unless someone compellingly makes the case to some critical mass of US voters that years of patience in Iraq are preferable, we have built-in referendums coming in '06 and '08 here at home.
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