The Wall Street Journal reports today that “U.S. and Iraqi negotiators reached agreement on a security deal that calls for American military forces to leave Iraq’s cities by next summer as a prelude to a full withdrawal of combat troops from the country” by 2011. Declaring that the deal means “the left won the Iraq debate,” Spencer Ackerman notes that the “plan is right out of the Center for American Progress’ ‘Strategic Redeployment‘ paper of 2005″:
It’s possible that this report is wrong: the New York Times is reporting Humood said the deal doesn’t have timetables in it, which is confusing to say the least. But if the Journal is right, so much for “demoraliz[ing]” the Iraqi people. That plan is right out of the Center for American Progress’ “Strategic Redeployment” paper of 2005 — get out of the cities, get less visible, move from a combat mission to a training mission, and then go. The left won the Iraq debate. Period.
During a press conference in Iraq today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that while a final agreement has yet to be made, the U.S. and Iraq had “agreed that some goals, some aspirational timetables for how that might unfold, are well worth having in such an agreement.” Read Strategic Redeployment and its follow-up, Strategic Reset.