Is agreement near on a new security agreement that would pave the way for a U.S. military exit from Iraq? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that the agreement must include a specific deadline for the withdrawal of American troops. Iraq insists on setting 2011 as the target date for the withdrawal of the last U.S. soldier. The Bush administration, after years of denouncing timetables for a US withdrawal from Iraq, is now talking of "flexible goals" and "time horizons," which The Associated Press said is unacceptable to the Iraq government. "The American people want to bring our troops home," Senator Bernie Sanders told Air America Radio. "The Iraqi people have to take responsibility for their own country."
Recent public opinion polls have found that roughly two out of three Americans oppose the war. Similarly large majorities think the March 2003 invasion was a mistake, and want to see US forces return home soon. In a survey conducted for CNN in late July, 62 percent favored setting a timetable for withdrawal, while 37 percent opposed doing so.