Just In Time For The Fall Elections

Raw Story reports that President Bush and British Prime Minister Blair are set to make a joint announcement of a ‘phased withdrawal’ from Iraq.

The process has already been carefully choreographed in an attempt to bolster the popularity of both Bush and Blair who have suffered domestically for their handling of the war.
The scope of the phased withdrawal, which will see the 133,000 US force levels cut to around 100,000 by the end of the year and British numbers almost halved, has already been agreed, one senior defence source said.
… It will be described as a “transition” to Iraqi security forces taking control of the country rather than a withdrawal to avoid it looking as though the allies are being forced out by rising levels of attacks on their forces.
The Americans have already lost more than 120 servicemen in the past six weeks, making it one of the worst periods for casualties since last autumn.

Just in time to make it appear that Iraq should not be an election issue.