The top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said earlier this week that U.S. forces are expected to have a large presence in Iraq until mid 2009. Read this article. The second paragraph pretty much says it all:
Such a timeline would hand successor the task of bringing U.S. forces home from Iraq, more than six years after Bush dispatched them to topple .
So you know what that means, right? The occupation is being prolonged so that Bush's SUCCESSOR will be faced with the responsibility of having to pull out the troops. So in the years to come, the GOP will blame the Democrats (who will likely win the election) for cutting 'n running, and not getting the job done. The Republicans aren't even trying, it seems, to field a solid candidate this time around. Look at Guiliani. He rolled out a health care plan that couldn't even qualify as being half-assed. He told the 50 million uninsured "tough shit, I'm not going to help you", without blinking. And this is their leading candidate, him and this Milt Romney guy. It's like they know the shit's about to hit the fan, both in Iraq and in other areas, and some really unpopular ideas are going to be made. So hey, let's give it over to the Democrats. It kind of seems like a brilliant strategy, don't it?