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Iraq Study group: Combat troops out of Iraq by early '08

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Here's another proposal from the Iraq Study Group that Bush is sure to dismiss. They're even calling it a "conditional goal" not a timetable to make it more palatable to the Prez. It's Bush's war and he's going to run it the way he wants:

The bipartisan Iraq Study Group plans to recommend withdrawing nearly all U.S. combat units from Iraq by early 2008 while leaving behind troops to train, advise and support the Iraqis, setting the first goal for a major drawdown of U.S. forces, sources familiar with the proposal said yesterday.

The commission plan would shift the U.S. mission in Iraq to a secondary role as the fragile Baghdad government and its security forces take the lead in fighting a Sunni insurgency and trying to halt sectarian violence. As part of major changes in the U.S. presence, sources said, the plan recommends embedding U.S. soldiers directly in Iraqi security units starting as early as next month to improve leadership and effectiveness.
The pressure is building for a change in Iraq. The American people made that clear in the elections -- they want to change the course. But, Bush wants to stay on his course to finish his mission. No one really knows what that course is or what his mission is.

This past week demonstrated what a weak leader we have. Bush took us to war -- invaded a country -- without a plan. There is something extremely disturbing about his inability to let others help get us out of this mess. We may need an intervention.

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