Meanwhile, Back in Baghdad...
While I didn't expect the media to make this a story (because they really can't walk and chew gum at the same time), it's still disappointing, nonetheless. Well, it seems that we will be in "the Iraq" for at least three more years:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's parliament on Thursday approved a security pact with the United States that paves the way for U.S. forces to withdraw by the end of 2011, taking the country a big step closer to full sovereignty.
The article goes on to paint an optimistic expectation we'll voluntarily leave by the end of 2011. Well, how much do you want to bet that Iraq will be "safe enough to keep our casualties down, but not safe enough to leave" by then?
This will be the year before the 2012 presidential election, and I can already see it now. The Dems won't be able to risk the president losing a second term, and pulling out of Iraq will be too "divisive" for them like it's always been. We're setting ourselves up to run this war just as Bush ran this war: forever. If anyone believes that the US won't break this pact as they have just about every other one we've signed in our history, they are fooling themselves.
Or, am I being too...cynical?