How to Withdraw Quickly and Safely

While the majority of Americans and a bipartisan majority in Congress now believe it is time to withdraw US forces from Iraq, considerable differences have emerged over how long it would take to accomplish a withdrawal.

Governor Bill Richardson has argued that all US troops could be withdrawn in a matter of months, while other top military and political leaders have insisted that a withdrawal would take at least two years and possibly as long as four. What this dispute really comes down to is the value placed on getting out equipment.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow

Max Bergmann

Former Senior Fellow