In light of this week’s testimony from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the LA Times drives the point home that Bush has no intention of ending this war before leaving office. It’s a welcome development; most news outlets have avoided mentioning this altogether.
The talk in Washington on Monday was all about troop reductions, yet it also brought into sharp focus President Bush’s plans to end his term with a strong U.S. military presence in Iraq, and to leave tough decisions about ending the unpopular war to his successor. […]
“Bush has found his exit strategy,” said Kenneth M. Pollack, a former government Mideast specialist now at the Brookings Institution.
That would be Bush’s exit from a position of responsibility; not the nation’s exit from a civil war.