President Bush and Iraq's prime minister have agreed to set a "general time horizon" for bringing more U.S. troops home from the war, a dramatic shift from the administration's once-ironclad unwillingness to talk about any kind of deadline or timetable.
The announcement Friday put Bush in the position of offering to talk with Iraqi leaders about a politically charged issue that he adamantly has refused to discuss with the Democratic-led Congress at home. It also could complicate the presidential campaign arguments of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama who have staked out starkly opposite stands about the unpopular war.
Bush repeatedly has vetoed legislation approved by Congress setting deadlines for American troop cutbacks...read on
It might be 'very vague and nebulous,' but it is the complete opposite of anything the White House has ever said about Iraq before. I love the timing of it all. Wait for Obama to go overseas and spring it on us...Classic Rovian tactics.