Published in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Although President Bush initiated the Iraq War under false pretenses, we have invested so much blood, time and money in the conflict that setting a set pullout date is utterly irresponsible. Becoming a paper tiger will only weaken our national security at home and abroad.
President Bush does need to be held accountable, but we should not hold our service members hostage to pull a political maneuver for the 2008 elections. Congressman Baca should understand the consequences of his vote and work for a reasonable compromise that does not harm our troops and does not perceive us as a weak nation to our enemies.