If you read the minutes, the Bush Doctrine was to leave the troops in Iraq until it was fully stabilized. I do regret that Bush succumbed to whiny left-wing political pressure to pull troops out regardless. A long term SOFA agreements failed, but it was in place until the end of 2011 to give the next president more than enough time to negotiate based on that admins policy. The Obama policy was to pull the troops out no matter what the f* the on ground situation was. Simple question, 'Did Obama even TRY to negotiate a new SOFA to keep forces in Iraq????