The only absolute certainty when discussing the administration of George Bush is he is a master of inconsistency. For years, the president has been deriding political opponents for daring to urge establishing timelines to mark the end point of America’s presence in Iraq, so naturally, his administration has agreed to establish a timeline for withdrawal. Rice told reporters, “We have agreed that some goals, some aspirational timetables for how that might unfold are well worth having in such an agreement.” Iraq’s Foreign Minister Zebari made clear the agreement includes promises his nation will not be using as a launching pad for attacks on other nations. Rice insisted the US wanted an agreement that guaranteed the sovereignty of Iraq while protecting the interests of the United States.
Naturally, the key aspect of any agreement is what constitutes the interests of the United States. Basically, Iraq wants US troops out of its cities no later than June of next year while the Bush administration claims it wants a date but not a specific date. Such is life when dealing with George Bush.