President Bush’s “surge” strategy in Iraq—now into its second year—was supposed to be temporary. In fact, the president and many of his advisors said it would last only six months. Problem is, the president’s own military leaders know that it is not that simple. Just ask Army Chief of Staff George Casey.
"The surge has sucked all of the flexibility out of the system," Army Chief of Staff George Casey said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier this week. "And we need to find a way of getting back into balance."
But the top commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, is now worried about how many troops he can withdraw from the country even though he and the president have declared victory after the surge. With 155,000 American troops currently in Iraq and another 4 combat brigades, or 25,000 troops, withdrawing by mid-summer, there is a question if the security gains made in the last year can be maintained.