Plan C: Ruin Everything, Run Away
Amid all the mixed messages on troop numbers coming out of the White House and the Pentagon, one advisor finally tells Iraqis how they can get the USA out of their country: start a civil war!
Their "best scenario" target is to reduce numbers to 60,000-70,000 by next autumn if Iraqi forces start to make progress against the insurgents. The fall-back option would be Gen Casey's minimum 30,000 reduction by the summer.
There is also a rarely-mentioned "Plan C" - complete withdrawal if all-out civil war erupts between the Shias and Sunnis, both of whom are engaged in a last-ditch battle for political territory in the current negotiations.