Thousands of ‘surge’ troops may remain past July ‘08.

Last night, President Bush announced that because the “troop surge is working,” he would be pulling out roughly 23,700 troops by mid-July 2008 and returning the U.S. force in Iraq to pre-surge levels. Yet as the AP notes today, the United States may actually “wind up with thousands more troops in Iraq next summer than before the buildup of forces he ordered in January.” Salon’s Tim Grieve has more.