Maintaining a combat force in Iraq in contravention to the PLEDGED WRITTEN word of the United States would possible be the most destabilizing move the US could make in the region, perhaps in the world, ever. The pledged word of the United States, even if it was Bush's has to be honored, especially since it was given openly, in writing and after months of negotiations. Part of our democratic government is honoring our commitments, even when it is not politically expedient. It is like paying bills when due, not when convenient or comfortable.
from the article: Will the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq threaten Saudi Arabia and Israel?