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Now all the Big Shots have an exit strategy – politically speaking, of course.

Bush: He apparently will link the surge – or escalation, if you prefer – with deadlines for the Iraqis to take over. If his plan doesn’t work, he blames them.

John McCain: He’s always called for more troops. If it doesn’t work, he says, it came too late.

The Democrats: They want to pass a totally symbolic resolution, instead of doing something real. If the surge doesn’t work, they told you so, too.

The Republicans: If everything goes to hell, the Democrats undercut the Commander-in-Chief and abandoned our brave troops.

The Military Brass: If Bush’s plan doesn’t work, they’ll say they never liked the idea and Bush forced it on them.

The only ones without an exit strategy are the American men and women serving in Iraq.

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