Salon has a great piece by Sidney Blumenthal
(sorry...ad or subscription required), discussing how Bush is ignoring the realities of his political position w.r.t. Iraq. Read it for sure, but pay close attention to the last two paragraphs where Blumenthal reveals that European leaders are quietly hoping that the U.S. does not
pull out of Iraq too soon, even when their public position is the opposite.
Now why would that be? Because the U.S. military is currently serving as a cork in a terrorist bottle. We're keeping new, invigorated terrorist networks occupied so that they don't flood into Europe and other Middle East countries.