If the Iraqis want us out, and 70% of Americans want our troops to come home, and Bush stated that if the Iraqi people told us to leave we would leave, and they did..... why are we still 'staying the course'? http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/07/maliki-timeline/ President Bush has long maintained that if the Iraqi government wants the U.S. to leave Iraq, then the U.S. would do just that, as he said in May 2007: "We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government. This is a sovereign nation. Twelve million people went to the polls to approve a constitution. It‚Äôs their government‚Äôs choice. If they were to say, leave, we would leave." Today, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki suggested having a timetable for the withdrawal of coalition troops. ‚ÄúThe direction we are taking is to have a memorandum of understanding either for the departure of the forces or to have a timetable for their withdrawal,‚ÄĚ Maliki‚Äôs office quoted him as saying. But the administration has rebuffed Maliki‚Äôs request for a timeline. Asked about the prime minister‚Äôs comments today, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman hedged on whether the administration would follow the Iraqi government‚Äôs request, criticizing timelines as ‚Äúartificial‚Äú: WHITMAN: t is dependent on conditions on the ground. ‚Ä¶ But timelines tend to be artificial in nature. In a situation where things are as dynamic as they are in Iraq, I would just tell you, it‚Äôs usually best to look at these things based on conditions on the ground.