While our Congress stands on the verge of passing a resolution setting an artificial time-line for withdrawal from Iraq, an opinion piece by one of the few ‘liberal’ Congressmen still making sense appeared in the Washington Post this morning. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who caucuses with the Democratic Party, speaks of the real—though preliminary—progress in Iraq since our troop ‘surge’ began, and points out the sheer idiocy of doing exactly what al-Qaeda wants us to do: respond to their ongoing insurgency and terrorist attacks by packing up and leaving. Our artificial withdrawal date gives al-Qaeda an exact moment they need to hold out for, after which Iraq is theirs to become the new Afghanistan.