Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Good Play
This is probably a reasonably good political play by Harry Reid:
(AP) Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday he would support a temporary troop increase in Iraq only if it were part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by early 2008.

"If the commanders on the ground said this is just for a short period of time, we'll go along with that," said Reid, D-Nev., citing a time frame such as two months to three months. But a period longer than that, such as 18 months to 24 months, would be unacceptable, he said.
Of course this proposal is DOA with Bush. But the point is that this makes the Dems look reasonable and in-line with what voters have wanted.

It's common knowledge that any withdrawal strategy would indeed require months to accomplish under the most expedient circumstances. To safely get the troops out within a year is what I think most people mean when they say "get out of Iraq now". Of course the Rethugicans seize on the "get out now" rhetoric as a conflated version of bring the troops home tomorrow, but I don't know anyone who thinks that or who even thinks it's actually possible.