Cowardly surrendercrat Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agree to timetable for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. The Bush administration isn’t even insisting on the weird “time horizon” formulation. Instead, Rice says that “We have agreed that some goals, some aspirational timetables for how that might unfold, are well worth having in such an agreement.”
This clearly smooths the course for actual moves to implementation of a timetable in 2009 if the next administration wants to implement one. “Stab in the back” arguments will be much harder to make. At the same time, it probably still provides enough wiggle-room for an administration that wants an open-ended presence to keep our troops there for years to come.