"Bush's Shrinking Options"
In today's Washington Post, Robert D. Novak (yes, that Novak) writes that Bush's options are shrinking.
Some provocative facts and ideas Novak presents (verbatim):
State officials and (Republican) party leaders who are no specialists on foreign policy tell me the Republican Party simply cannot go into the 2008 campaign with troops still fighting in Iraq.
As a lame-duck president, Bush seems oblivious to the (Republican) grass-roots sentiment . . .
Increasingly, Republicans on Capitol Hill see no viable alternative to combat troop withdrawal.
Sen. Chuck Hagel, second-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a McCain supporter in 2000, wrote in The Post on Nov. 26: "The time for more U.S. troops in Iraq has passed. We do not have more troops to send and, even if we did, they would not bring a resolution to Iraq."