Have your heard the talk of scaling down in Iraq in spring/summer 2006? Consider the continuing news, are you wondering why? Let me explain. It's very simply. 2006 is a congressional election year! Yes, they'll bring home a few thousand troops, push the success stories endlessly as insurgent attacks ease up a bit and then, following the Republican run on the Senate, we'll go right back to the same old dismal situation (expect a upscaled replay in 2008).
Don't be fooled. Simply follow the money and power. It's just like water, but in reverse. They always run up.