But the Commander-in-Chief IS a politician 6,000 miles away…
“Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure, and that would be irresponsible,” Mr. Bush said. He said the measure would “impose impossible conditions on our commanders in combat” by forcing them to “take fighting directions from politicians 6,000 miles away in Washington, D.C.” As he vetoed the supplemental war funding bill because it included goals for withdrawal.
Then you have the ever-increasing number of active-duty soldiers and returning vets speaking out against the war as a matter of conscience, who believe maybe the politicians should stop continuing the war when the soldiers fighting in it see it as an unjust quagmire.
At the same time, “roughly six-in-ten people in the Pew sample (59 percent) said they want their member of Congress to back an Iraq funding bill that includes a timeline for American troops to begin withdrawing.”