Anybody want to sign up to be a hostage?
That seems to be the opportunity the Messiah is offering to the members of the US military. Take a look at this:
45,000 to 10,000 ("in extremis") now 3,000
The admission that there is relationship to "political optics" is almost refreshing in its honesty. That is all it is about. The Bamster who has never spent a moment of his miserable life in uniform let alone in harm's way is aggressively snatching disaster out of the potential jaws of victory.
He was dragged kicking and screaming to a surge. When it apparently stabilized the Iraq situation he seized on the concept for Afghanistan, while still trying to point out the non-existent differences between what President Bush had done and what he was attempting.
Now he wants to pacify his pacifist base in time for the 2012 silly season. Draw-down is inevitable in Iraq and totally reasonable if done with consensus of the military leadership and with analysis of the political situation on the ground.
When the commanders on the scene tell you the extreme minimum that can preserve the outcome is 10,000 and the Messiah's response is 3,000 you seem to have guaranteed a nasty and bloody outcome; one which eagerly abandons all which has been won and which disrespects the sacrifice of those who have given so much in the battle.
There is a certain significance in the number 3,000 which so closely parallels the 9/11 victim count. But this 3,000 will know what is coming and simply be awaiting the tragic day.