From the "We Feel Better Already" Department, the New York Times reports today that any Pentagon plan to send more troops to Iraq would only be temporary: "The plan envisions the additional troops staying only until security conditions improve," the Times says. "After that, troop levels could come down, as better-trained and equipped Iraqi units took on a larger security role."
We hate to be skeptical -- we know that the White House isn't "staying the course" anymore -- but we think we've seen this movie before. George W. Bush, on June 28, 2005, and pretty much every day thereafter: "Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.