A date for the end of coalition occupation of Iraq has been announced: sometime before June.
Good. More than anything else, the Iraqis need to see themselves taking charge of their own. As I've stated before, there is an element of self-resentment that comes w/ an outside force overthrowing a tyrannical regime rather than the ones being tortured throwing off their own chains, especially if the gesture itself has questionable purposes. Accelerating the re-establishment of their sovereignty addresses this sensibly, as does dropping the requirement of a constitution being approved first: what business do we have evaluating the backbone of their government? We can't contest the nuts&bolts of an arab democracy, they're the only ones that would know what form it should take.
In the interest of balance, I will now provide a summary of the other likely responses to this development...
loyal republicans: "see? Bush is god, nyah nyah"
loyal Democrats: "We're haulin ass & leaving Iraq in turmoil because Dubya's quagmire has been exposed...but we should leave...or stay and bring in the UN in a wider role......or...oh hell, it's a neocon campaign stunt, let's leave it at that"
Hard-Left moonbats: "AmeriKKKa is still keeping it's imperialist death squads in there afterwards, Iraq will never be free until the proletariat rises up and nationalizes everything."
Beavis: "hehehehehehe...he said 'rise'...hehehe!"
Hard-Right moonbats: "Onward to Syria! And Iran! And...and...that country I can't pronounce!"
Who says I'm not fair ;-)
Update: Armed Liberal doesn't seem to like this development...