Juan Cole has joined Andrew Bacevich in laying out a specific and detailed program for US disengagement from the hideous mess that we have made in Iraq. He calls it “Ten Things Congress Could Demand from Bush on Iraq,” and it’s worth a look (scroll down in his post for August 22). Some enterprising organization, say MoveOn or Democracy for America, could get this bandwagon rolling.
All this is reminiscent of the developing antiwar movement in the 60s, when there was a growing commitment to getting out of Vietnam and the only question was how to make it happen. As support staff for a Boston-based ad hoc group back then — we called ourselves “Health Professionals for Peace in Vietnam” — I’m proud of the small part we played in getting Congress to wake up about the war. So I salute Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) for her announcement of hearings on an exit strategy on September 15. You go, girl!