So Bush is to announce a reduction, next year, in US troops in Iraq.
But the only reason he is doing it is because the USA, bless them, have run out of troops, or will do next year if they don't radically reduce their deployments.
It's nothing to do with the Iraqi political system and its army and police force being able to take the strain. We were told that was the reason for the troops being there in the first place - to enable an orderly transition.
What a mess!