President Bush says the obvious
We're in Iraq until 2009 at the earliest.
Think Progress has all the details
At a press conference today, President Bush said, "We're not leaving [Iraq] so long as I'm the president. That would be a huge mistake."Somewhere, Joe Lieberman is jumping for joy. In fact, didn't Lieberman say the same thing earlier this year (here and here)?
BUSH: The strategy is to help the Iraqi people achieve the objectives and dreams which is a democratic society. That's the strategy. The tactics - now - either you say yes it's important we stay there and get it done or we leave. We're not leaving so long as I'm the president. That would be a huge mistake. It would send an unbelievably you know terrible signal to reformers across the region. It would say we've abandoned our desire to change the conditions that create terror.
We're talking about 2006, 7, 8... that's three years. And I believe that a lot of very good things can happen in three years in Iraq that ideally would allow us to remove every American soldier who's there today.
Lets go to the videotape.