I think I figured it out.
I'm watching Meet The Press this morning, and Steny Hoyer and John Boehner debated the debate on the Congressional non-binding resolution on Iraq. The "discussion" degraded as you might expect, but then I became interested when Boehner kept talking about Maliki's responsibility in "the surge."
This isn't rocket science, but it hit me: the Republicans are trying to pin responsibility on the Iraqis so that when the plan fails, the Republicans pin the blame on them -- "oh, we had this great plan, I mean it was awesome. Like, really, really awesome. It's just too bad that darn Maliki couldn't implement the dang thing. "
My other great revelation from this morning's talk shows: say what you want about Hillary Clinton, but I think there's one fundamental reason when she won't win in 2008. Have you listened to the woman? She has the most shrill, piercing squeal of a voice. Nails on a chalkboard would be a kind comparison.
The other interesting aspect of this is her mid-westerness really comes through. She might as well drop a "da Bears" in there every once-in-a-while. In all of her travels, I can't believe that hasn't been ironed out...