If The Wall Street Journal has it right (and it may not), U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq in 2011. The way I see it, there are exactly two ways of looking at this: 1) 2011 is too late; or 2) it’s too early. But before we start a Missing Links style tit-for-that, let’s put things in perspective:
- In 2011, our newborn will be three years old.
- He will walk and talk.
- He will ride a bike — if he takes after his big brother.
- He may not know all of the alphabet, but he knows Iraq is a country, and he will want to know why daddy is again going there.
It may well be that an Iraqi child born this summer will grow up in an atmosphere of peace and prosperity. But it’s equally possible he might see his family killed and end up as a refugee in some scary foreign country. There’s just no way of knowing. Three years is a long time in a kid’s life — and in Iraq.