A year ago (unfortunately, our archive doesn't go back that far) I predicted that Bush would withdraw American troops just before the election. Now he's done just that, ordering 70,000 soldiers back from abroad.
Problems: It's too far before the election to make a difference in November. And they're not the troops that count, because they're to be taken from noncombat areas, not from Iraq or Afghanistan. On this account, it looks like a bald political ploy and may indeed backfire. Let's hope so.