Presenting a mixed picture to Pentagon reporters at a news briefing, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus declined to specify how many U.S. troops might need to stay in Iraq in coming years. But he said the U.S. effort "clearly is going to require enormous commitment and commitment over time." He also warned that it "may get harder before it gets easier" and told Americans to be prepared for "more combat action and . . . more casualties" as troops move into new areas.It won't really matter that Bush vetoes the spending bill with time tables there are time tables. Petraeus knows the military is broken after four years of the Iraq debacle and simply doesn't have an "enormous commitment" left. And then there is this:
57% Favor Immediate Troop Withdrawal or Firm Deadline
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of American voters now favor either an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq (37%) or a firm deadline for their withdrawal (20%). The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 35% of voters are opposed to both of these options for ending the war.Petraeus also knows that with 2008 approaching the Republicans in the Senate and the House are looking at polls like the one above. There will be no long term commitment, the military can't do it and the American people won't stand for it.