Going to war in Iraq was, in my opinion, a mistake - and such an obvious mistake that it seems unbelievable we blundered in.
So the thought of drawing the debacle to a conclusion does appeal and there is immediate happiness at the vote in America. But, like any policy of setting a withdrawal timetable, could it be the wrong way to deal with a problem "we" created?
Turning back time and starting again (or not) would be great. But as we can't do that, is just getting out of there the best option? Maybe it is, I'm no military strategist. It does potentially seem just to be an easy option and an attempt to accept (rightly) that we were wrong in the first place.
Either way, it's people with a much better knowledge than me that now need to make the decision - but it shouldn't be made on the basis of trying to correct old wrongs, it needs to be made on the basis of what is best for the Iraqi people and our troops *now*, in the circumstances we find ourselves.