In 2006, we elected a Democratic Congress, so that Pelosi and Reid would end the war in Iraq.
In 2008, the Democrats nominated and elected the "anti war" candidate who pledged to end the war in Iraq, withdraw our troops, and use the money now spent in Iraq to fund his domestic agenda.
In 2009, the newly elected anti war president finally announced his Iraq policy - - withdraw most troops from Iraq by late 2010, and leave as many as 50,000 troops in Iraq through 2011.
In other words, the man "whose presidential campaign was built initially on his early opposition to the Iraq War and his promise to end it if elected" has just adopted the Bush/McCain/Republican plan to "end" the war:
"The Republican Obama defeated in November for the presidency, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, lauded the plan. ''We have spent enormous amounts of American blood and treasure in Iraq,'' McCain said. ``We are finally on a path to success. Let us have no crisis of confidence now.'' McCain said he agrees with Obama that the United States should keep 50,000 troops in Iraq after the combat troops leave, following the recommendation of U.S. military commanders. . . . The Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives -- Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rep. John Boehner of Ohio -- also issued statements praising Obama's Iraq policy."
If all goes according to plan, without hitch or setback, then 5 years after electing an anti war Congress, and three years after electing an anti war president, 50,000 American troops will still be in Iraq.
Does anyone still believe all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011?