Bush thinks more troops will do the job. Recent events suggest otherwise. He thinks a timeline for withdrawal comforts the enemy. We're not exactly accomplising anything now, which probably leaves them pretty comfortable. And do you think we're going to be able to wait out insurgents in their own country? Even without a timeline, they know it's just a matter of months or a couple years. They aren't going anywhere. They're not going to "blink first." The focus on securing Baghdad is just going to spread violence elsewhere....
From the NY Times:
BAGHDAD, March 31 — The Iraqi government on Saturday gave its first official reckoning of the truck bombing Tuesday in the northern city of Tal Afar, putting the death toll at 152 people, a number about double that in early reports.
The bombing, which left 347 other people in a poor Shiite neighborhood wounded, set off a wave of reprisals by Shiite policemen and others that left another 47 people dead and shattered the image of Tal Afar held up by American politicians last year as a model of a turbulent city turned peaceful.