Отсчет времени до вывода войск из Ирака

Как долго продлится крупное развертывание американских войск в Ираке? Сегодня это является главным вопросом второго президентского срока Джорджа Буша. До недавнего времени администрация Буша отвечала на него уклончивой фразой: «Столько, сколько потребуется, и ни на день дольше». Но не сейчас.

Лед тронулся 17-го ноября, когда член палаты представителей, конгрессмен от демократов, сторонник жесткого курса и ветеран морской пехоты Джон Мурта предложил вывести войска из Ирака в течение шести месяцев. Вскоре после этого контролируемый республиканцами Сенат проголосовал за «значительный переход к полному суверенитету Ирака в 2006 году». После первоначального сопротивления Буш начал менять свою позицию, заявляя, что сокращение численности войск в Ираке произойдет раньше, чем изначально предполагалось.

В Америке наблюдается резкое падение общественной поддержки политики Буша в отношении Ирака. 54% американцев говорят сегодня, что направление войск в Ирак было ошибкой, по сравнению с 24% в начале войны в марте 2003 года. Частично это отражает рост потерь в Ираке - количество погибших американских солдат уже превысило 2100 человек.

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