For months if not years, President George W. Bush has endured calls from the American left to withdraw or to set a date for withdrawal of our troops. He has steadfastly opposed those calls because setting a departure date would likely embolden America's enemies and tell them how long they had to hold out before they could claim victory by outlasting the invaders. I think Bush was right.
Once we got into Iraq, short of defeat, there were only two ways out . . . total victory or at the request of the Iraqi people through their elected government. It seems now that one or both of those ways out of Iraq might be opening up.
First, see this story from the London Times: joint forces of the U.S. and Iraq are driving toward "one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror." Al-Qaeda in Iraq has taken a "last stand" in Mosul and appears to be on the verge of annihilation.
Second, the Iraqi government seems on the verge of asking foreign troops to leave. According to this Reuters story, Prime Minister al-Maliki is "looking at the necessity of terminating foreign presence on Iraqi lands." He wants an understanding on withdrawal of troops or a timetable for withdrawal.
If the Iraqi government truly wants foreign troops out and can handle things on their own, then by all means, bring the troops home. Americans should not be fighting or dying for Iraqi security if their own people are capable of doing the job.