It looks like Bush has finally gotten the message via his pathetic poll numbers and has decided to “cut-n-run” from Iraq.
President Bush vowed for the first time yesterday to turn over most of Iraq to newly trained Iraqi troops by the end of this year, setting a specific benchmark as he kicked off a fresh drive to reassure Americans alarmed by the recent burst of sectarian violence.
Bush, who until now has resisted concrete timelines as the Iraq war dragged on longer than he expected, outlined the target in the first of a series of speeches intended to lay out his strategy for victory.
My confidence level in the ability of the Iraqi security forces to hold together after we leave is zero. I don’t think it matters how much longer we stay there propping them up. They will scatter to the high winds the moment we pull up our stakes and move out.