i've never been as concerned about the logistics of withdrawal from iraq as i was about the idea of withdrawal itself. it's always been clear that pulling that many people and equipment out of the country would be a complicated and time consuming process. the main issue for me has been getting the goal to be leaving rather than staying. as long as that's what this country is trying to do, how they go about it was important, but not something i know enough about to have strong feelings either way.
so when i read this article my main question is whether this is just a one-time exception that wouldn't interfere with the overall project of getting out, or whether the u.s. leadership really doesn't want to leave and is dragging its feet. would this just me a small logistical change on the overall withdrawal route, or is this just stalling?
i really can't tell. but it does make me more vigilant in looking for other signs of stalling.