This may be old news in the blogosphere, I don't know. But I heard through the camo-vine that "no more combat troops in Iraq" really means renaming maneuver brigades "advise and assist" brigades. No change in soldiers deployed, and limited changes in their training. Serious change to their mission in country, certainly.
I'm all for a slow and gradual drawdown. It's the only logical thing to do for Iraq right now. But I'm also for transparency. And this is ... well, this is straight amateur hour. Did they really think the American people would fall for this? (Don't answer that.)
The older I get, the less I feel inclined to believe in Big Brother conspiracies, because Big Brother isn't scary. Or efficient. He's an accident-prone buffoon, just trying to get by like the rest of us.