There's a new catchphrase in town. In coming days, the Senate will consider various Democratic resolutions calling for a "phased redeployment" of U.S. troops in Iraq. What exactly is a phased redeployment? "It's not a cut-and-run strategy," insists Senator Carl Levin. His fellow senators, John Kerry and Russell Feingold, agree, saying in a joint statement about their own resolution, "We need a deadline for the redeployment of U.S. forces in Iraq." This, needless to say, would hardly be the first time a country has redeployed in the midst of wartime. Britain famously redeployed from its American colonies. France redeployed from Algeria. In 1975, the United States redeployed from Vietnam. And indeed, as a careful reading of the fine print makes clear, the architects of phased redeployment want the troops redeployed all the way back to Fort Bragg.
Jun 22, 2006
Lawrence F. Kaplan: