The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago.
Such a withdrawal would be a striking reversal from the nadir of the war in 2006 and 2007.
One factor in the consideration is the pressing need for additional American troops in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and other fighters have intensified their insurgency and inflicted a growing number of casualties on Afghans and American-led forces there.
Is it just me, or might politics be at play here?
I thought that we had to stay in Iraq to get the job done, even if that meant spending 100 years there.
But it’s especially amusing that they are using one of Obama’s arguments for a speedier withdrawal – that we need to get out of Iraq, in part, so that we can increase our troop levels in Afghanistan, the real battlefield in the war on terror.
Might the Bush administration be thinking about changing strategies to help McCain?
Or am I just too cynical?