“End this war” was never a policy, still less a strategy. The president has accomplished that campaign promise. Now he must face an even harder question: What is our strategy for pursuing and achieving our vital national security interests and objectives in Iraq in the absence of a military presence? So far, the silence from the White House on that issue—apart from bromides about economic activities and friendship—has been deafening.One immediate concern voiced by Charles Krauthammer:
[W]e are now going to have 16,000 people in the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. . . . And without our own military for protection, do we really want that many Americans out there relying on protection of others? I think they’re going to be sitting ducks.Let's hope he's wrong.