With the agreement on Sunday by Iraqi leaders to the current version of the Status of Forces Agreement (S.O.F.A.), the US has effectively agreed to have all US troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011. Though George W. Bush has made it clear that this Administration would never agree to any military agreement with Iraq that involved what he has called "artificial timetables" for withdrawal, this agreement amounts to... well... an timetable for withdrawal. (Since we aren't Iraqi, and never have been, any timetable, either for occupation or withdrawal, is, by definition "artificial.")
So, today, we were treated to Dana Perino, spinning and twirling like the little dervish she's becoming, attempting to bend this turn of events into something that kind of looked like it's what the White House wanted all along.
"Err.. uh... yeah... no, no... yeah... it's exactly what we wanted.... yeah, there's a withdrawal date... but... uh... it's not... hard... or... uh... it's... yeah.... It's contingent on stuff.... like.... uh... yeah."
Oh. Honey. As a going-away gift, your boss needs to buy you a loooong, loooong vacation.
You've earned it.
Frankly, I'm tired just watching you.