November 23, 2005
Captain Ed responds to critics who claim we have no plan for Iraq:
Despite the blatherings in Congress last week, the military has its own plans on when American forces can safely withdraw from Iraq. Based on readiness assessments of the indigenous security forces as well as political progress, it assumes that one American battalion can leave the theater for every three Iraqi battalions that achieve a Level Two readiness — able to take a leadership role in combat operations with some American support, be that tactical or communication or leadership. It’s a formula that makes sense, and more to the point, it’s one we’ve seen work in the field where Iraqi troops have been able to occupy cities after cleaning out terrorist holdouts.