Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: "there is no debate about withdrawing American troops from Iraq. That's over. What we have is posturing and positioning over the political consequences of withdrawal. The White House and the president's partisans will lay down a wall of covering fire, calling anybody who considers withdrawal an appeaser, to allow the president to go about the business of drawing down the American presence in Iraq in time to game the 2006 elections."
See, for comparison, Digby from Hullabaloo, who thinks Bush will game the 2006 elections, but never actually withdraw from Iraq.
Blaming the Democrats for "losing Iraq" is the game, here. But, it is very risky business for Bush. He really could lose Iraq, in the process.