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Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: samintx
Date: December 01, 2008 03:57PM
What is magical about the 16 months to be out of Iraq? Why not 10, 12, or 17? Why is 16 the magic number? I know it is a year and half but why not a year?



sorry, freudian slip I said IRAN. Have corrected



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/01/2008 04:23PM by samintx.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: December 01, 2008 04:01PM
Actually it's a year and a third. I don't know the significance of 16 months, but I strongly suspect the word 'negotiate' entered in there someplace. I haven't looked, but might it coincide with some specific date that's politically significant?
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 01, 2008 04:04PM
Because it's:
1- a psychological compromise between 2 years (too long) and less than 1 year (too short!)
2- Just barely enough time to remove all the incredibly huge amounts of materiel that we've emplaced in that embattled nation. I recall seeing a study that detailed how long it would take to get all the vehicles out, and it was something like 14 months of just plain evacuation. The alternative, of course, is to either demilitarize them and/or destroy them.
3- At the start of the Obama Administration's campaign drive for his second term in 2012.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 01, 2008 04:05PM
perhaps because its a reasonable amount of time to accomplish the goals necessary for us to leave?



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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: laarree
Date: December 01, 2008 04:16PM
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What is magical about the 16 months to be out of Iran? Why not 10, 12, or 17? Why is 16 the magic number? I know it is a year and half but why not a year?

Iran??!




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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: Spock
Date: December 01, 2008 04:18PM
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What is magical about the 16 months to be out of Iran? Why not 10, 12, or 17? Why is 16 the magic number? I know it is a year and half but why not a year?

For the geographically and geo-politically challenged, we are not in IRAN.






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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 01, 2008 04:39PM
It's very likely that some people put some thought and planning into it and came up with 16. 12 or 24 would seem sort of arbitrary to me.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: karsen
Date: December 01, 2008 04:55PM
I suspect they came up with 16 months to withdraw from Iraq much the same way they came up with 850 Billion dollars for bail outs. Somebody's best guess.



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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: (vikm)
Date: December 01, 2008 05:25PM
I have no idea for sure but it could be that based on gathered data and prognosis, 16 months is the amount of time it would take to leave the country with the ability to stand on its own in addition to providing us the required time to safely remove troops and equipment. Not like they can nail it down to the specific day of the week so any "estimate" going to be just that.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: billb
Date: December 01, 2008 05:28PM
Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: Ted King
Date: December 01, 2008 07:30PM
I think it was based on the idea that you can safely remove about one combat brigade per month and there are about 15 combat brigades (or were during much of the campaign) in Iraq.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: Dakota
Date: December 01, 2008 11:22PM
He has been saying 16 months for three years. It is not clear when the clock starts ticking. 16 months from today may be reasonable but 16 months two years ago was suicide, for us and the Iraqis.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: December 01, 2008 11:25PM
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He has been saying 16 months for three years. It is not clear when the clock starts ticking. 16 months from today may be reasonable but 16 months two years ago was suicide, for us and the Iraqis.

No he hasn't.



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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: kj
Date: December 01, 2008 11:56PM
Sometimes I wonder why people even try to estimate. It often causes more problems than it solves. Why not just get the frick out, and then check how long it took? That would likely be more accurate, too. kj.
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Re: Before you attack, I really serious about this question
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 02, 2008 06:13AM
>>Why not just get the frick out, and then check how long it took?

Hah, I'd love to see that plan presented.
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