Sometimes I just don't get military people. General Petraeus, the top US military commander in Iraq, has reported to the US Congress that there have been progress due to the US military surge earlier in the year.
Gen Petraeus told the Congress that sectarian violence declined since the surge started, but the situation remains difficult and the decision to withdraw from Iraq should be postponed till March 08. So the idea is that the US can't withdraw if they are losing as this will mean they are giving in to the 'terrorists', but can't withdraw when they are winning because they are winning! Brilliant!
In short, the US are going to have 168,000 troops in Iraq for...forever? Let the bleeding continue.