Revealingly ambiguous terminology from the general in charge of US policy towards Iraq, David Petraeus --
Asked about media reports that Washington envisioned a substantial American force remaining in Iraq through mid-2009, General David Petraeus told ABC News: "Sustainable security is, in fact, what we hope to achieve.
"It's in our campaign plan. We do think it will take about that amount of time, as you discussed, to establish the conditions for it."
So his "campaign plan" will dump the inevitable withdrawal into the lap of Bush's successor and after next year's election campaign, leaving Bush free to complain that he stayed the course as long as the pesky constitution allowed him to. It's pretty bad when the job of a general becomes working on the legacy of the incumbent president.