At least that’s what the top US commander in Iraq is saying.

More from the Financial Times:

General George Casey said the US could make fairly substantial reductions after the referendum on a new constitution scheduled for October and the election of a new leader in December.

“If the political process continues to go positively, if the developments with the [Iraqi] security forces continue to go as it is going, we will still be able to make fairly substantial reductions after these elections, in the spring and summer of next year,” Gen Casey said. His comments came during a visit to Iraq by Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, who urged Iraqis not to delay the political process.

Again, is this enough time to finish the job?

From what I’ve read over the past few months, the insurgency is growing stronger, not weaker. And the Iraqis we’ve trained aren’t ready to protect their country yet. I fear this could have the possibility of sparking a civil war.

Let’s hope we stay long enough to ensure the safety of Iraqi people.

We owe them that much.

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