The top U.S. general in Iraq on Monday recommended cutting American troops by about 30,000 by next summer, ending the so-called surge of forces but not fundamentally changing strategy in the unpopular war.
Gen. David Petraeus, facing Democratic lawmakers and many voters demanding a quick end to the U.S. engagement in Iraq, suggested the force could fall to about 130,000 by August without jeopardizing modest recent security improvements.
That would return the U.S. troop strength to roughly the same level it was before an increase ordered by President George W. Bush between February and June.
In retail, when you raise a price just so you can lower it back to the old price and call it a sale, you are committing fraud. I expect most Republicans running for Senate, House, or President to be committing fraud over the next few months. I also expect most of Right Blogistan to be doing some serious stocking up at this sale.