The White House announced Friday that President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed that troop reductions should be “based on continued improving conditions on the ground and not an arbitrary date for withdrawal.”
You know, I actually agree with the President here. An arbitrary date for withdrawal would be a terrible thing. A non-arbitrary date, however, a date with meaning, might be a good idea. A date based on something like the secure presence provided by the withdrawal of one to two combat brigades a month. I’ve never heard the President discuss that kind of an idea, he only wants to talk about the arbitrary critics. I wonder what he’d think of the more intellectual non-arbitrary proposals? There are plenty of them out there. He should give them a look.