1. Shorter President Bush: "The surge that just started in June is finally starting to show results, so we're going to end it." Does anybody buy this crap?
2. The argument against withdrawal timetables is that it encourages "the terrorists to just lay low and wait for us to leave." But wouldn't the terrorists "laying low" for 6 months to a year be a godsend, buying us some much-needed time to build up the Iraqi infrastructure, train up a police force, and give the Iraqi government some breathing room to get on its feet? More to the point, isn't creating a brief lull in terrorist activity to buy the Iraqi government time precisely the point of the surge?
If warhawks believed their own arguments against withdrawal, they'd support it.