I was actually in favor of the Iraq war when we first entered. I don’t know if anyone remembers how the UN issued warning after escalated warning regarding letting inspectors in and how Saddam did everything he could to give the impression that he did indeed have WMD. It finally got to the point that the UN was completely marginalized by repeatedly threatening action and ultimately not acting.
The trouble is that Saddam was like a bank robber in a bank full of robbers. Take out the guy in control and the rest of them clamor to be the next to hand the teller their own note.
Overall, I am disappointed in the way this has been handled from “Mission Accomplished” on. It is high time the Iraqi’s took much more responsibility for their own security. The trouble is, I don’t think they’re ever going to be much better at it than most other Islamic pseudo-theocracies. In a sense, the hard deadline may be good for the Iraqi government if it provides them the motivation to get their stuff together. On the other hand, it may just serve to announce to the bank robbers exactly what time the vault is scheduled to be opened.