Story here from the NyTimes. Bush now is negotiating a “time horizon” for withdrawal from Iraq. But it’s not a timetable, I promise (fingers crossed behind the back).
In other words, without really wanting to, Bush is heading to Obama’s foreign policy. Reality it appears intruded on his fantasies for the region. A little late and kicking and screaming but the momentum and direction is clear (minus an Israeli attack on Iran).
A Reverse Sidney Poitier.
This leaves McCain even more isolated and radical in his thinking. His only homey at this point is John Bolton. And craptastic Romney on his VP-whoring circuit. It will be fascinating to see what Johnny does with this–come out and blast the President? Say that we need to keep those troops in there so we can win faster so we can withdrawal faster? Or just say this was the view he had all along (i.e. the old bald faced lie).
McCain can bluster on the trail all he wants, but the first day in office were he elected (Dear Krishna No) the Pentagon would sit down and have an adult talk with the Commander and let him know that his campaign promises and strategies in both Iraq and Afghanistan are unfeasible. They can not be undertaken with the current state of rotations, numbers of troops, etc.
And for all this talk for so long about how Obama was this naif more and more folk keep jumping on the wagon.