Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, warned the Bush administration against creating the impression that 'our ultimate goal in Iraq is leaving as soon as possible, not meeting our strategic objective of building a free and democratic country in the heart of the Arab world.
It's now widely believed, based on troop deployment schedules and other real world measures, that the Bush administration plans to exit Iraq by early next year.
The more Bush says that "American will stay the course" the more many observers are convinced he intends to exit. He's got a reputation now for saying one thing loudly while doing another under the table.
Ironically, given the incompetence of the Bush Administration and the Pentagon's post-war plans (see prior postings!) an early exit may actually be the least bad of our very bad options.