President Bush has said that he would leave it up to the military commanders "on the ground" in Iraq to advise him about troop withdrawals.
About a week ago, General George Casey expressed his opposition to a "timetable":
"I don't like it. I feel that it would limit my flexibility. I think it would give the enemy a fixed timetable...."
And now it has come out that General Casey has indeed drawn up a plan that calls for reducing the number of brigades in Iraq from 14 to 12, and possibly down to 8 by the end of next year. This represents about 20,000 soldiers.
Of course it's election-year politics; did you think otherwise?