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    Iraqis want U.S. Troops out. No one was expecting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to speak up in favor of withdrawal—after all, he's close with the Bush administration. But with elections in Iraq coming up, and a great majority of Iraqis opposed to a prolonged U.S. occupation, Maliki can't afford to toe the Bush line. So he's surprised everyone by standing up this week for a timetable for troop withdrawals and a date certain to end the war. The LA Times headline reads, "Iraqi prime minister advocates withdrawal timeline."

    As a result, the "endless war agreement" Bush has been pushing fell through. Since January, hundreds of thousands of us pushed Congress to stand up to President Bush's proposed treaty with Iraq, which would have tied the next President's hands and made it much harder to get out. This week, the Washington Post reported that that agreement has fallen through—Iraqi leaders are putting their feet down and demanding a much shorter agreement.

    And now even the Pentagon is considering faster timelines. According to reporter Michael Hirsh at Newsweek, "a forthcoming Pentagon-sponsored report" will recommend a big drawdown of troops—suggesting "that U.S. forces be reduced to as few as 50,000 by the spring of 2009, down from about 150,000 now."
     
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    The good news: The media is covering Iraq again. The bad news: They're dropping out the most important part of the story. Even Iraq's own Prime Minister is demanding a timeline for withdrawal, but John McCain's policy would keep us in Iraq for years to come. In fact, he wants to avoid talking about a plan for exit, since he doesn't have one.

    We've developed a rapid-response ad to make the issue crystal clear: Iraqis want a timeline that gets us out. Americans want us out too. But President Bush and Senator McCain aren't listening to them—or us.
     

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