Accordning to Major General Douglas Lute, General John Abizaid is pushing to reduce by “significant numbers” US troops in Iraq over the next twelve months:

He denied the withdrawal was motivated by political pressure from Washington.

He said: “We believe at some point, in order to break this dependence on the . . . coalition, you simply have to back off and let the Iraqis step forward.

“You have to undercut the perception of occupation in Iraq. It’s very difficult to do that when you have 150,000-plus, largely western, foreign troops occupying the country.”

Makes sense, no?

Financial Times: US general sees significant withdrawal in Iraq

Hat tip: memeorandum

Politics Talk of a Significant Troop Withdrawal from Iraq