Arianna Huffington: A handy rebuttal to 'We Have to Finish the Job'

This post first appeared over at the Huffington Post and is republished here with permission.

Whenever I raise the idea of bringing our troops home from Iraq, I'm stunned by the consistency of the response I get: "But we can't leave now; we have to finish the job."

I even hear it repeated by Democrats who had originally been against the war, with a slight progressive spin: "I was against the war, but now that we are there, we can't leave until we've finished the job."

As if the job of building a stable Iraq (let alone a truly democratic one) could be accomplished by the use of military force. If that were the case, wouldn't we have gotten our employee of the month plaque three years ago and moved on to spreading democracy to the next county?

Yet the "we can't leave now" argument has somehow congealed into the conventional wisdom.

So, for those of you who find yourself confronted with this idiocy, here is my handy, two-part "elevator message" rebuttal to the CW:

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