BostonHerald.com - Herald Columnists: Leadership defined, Bush stays course: "the good news this week is not the ISG’s call for the measured abandonment of Iraq. It is, counterintuitively, that George Bush - sorely battered by midterm elections and the results of Donald Rumsfeld’s bankrupt Occupation-Lite strategy - is showing signs he remembers that he’s still the president.
Bush signaled late last week that, while he is awaiting the advice that truly matters, that of his military commanders, he is not inclined to engage in the drawdown of troops that the ISG advocates. He is not ready to abandon Iraq."
It was interesting watching some of the members of the ISG on TV, though, today. They seemed to be insisting that the ISG report doesn't require withdrawal, but instead says withdrawal should happen when, and if, the Iraqis are able to defend themselves... and in any case, they foresee leaving 70,000 troops in country for a long time.
Which seems to come down to "Bush should do what he's already been doing."
I've begun to think that the whole ISG report is so inconclusive that it can be cherry-picked to suit anyone's opinion.