U.S. soldiers resting during hunt for captured comrades in May, 2007. AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo
Amid Democratic muttering about how Congress might now be able to inhibit Bush's surge and the New York Times finally seeing the light, it would be possible to believe the U.S. is in charge of its own fate in Iraq. Silly of us.
Lots of indicators suggest that withdrawal from Iraq will happen, whether planned now or precipitous, bloody and humiliating.
- Item: the war is now costing $10 billion a month -- $2 billion more for Afghanistan. This country is a rich, but there are limits.
- Item: the Broken Army clock. That's the "service timeline for an exhausted force. ... According to the Broken Army clock, troop levels will begin to wane in March 2008, no matter what Congress decides in September; the current 20 brigade combat teams will be reduced to 15 by August 2008."