Um, about that imminent redeployment from Iraq? Well, heh heh ... funny story:
After a series of prison abuse scandals that have inflamed sectarian tensions, U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to rein in Iraqi special police forces, increasing the number of American troops assigned to work with them and requiring consultations before the Iraqis mount raids in Baghdad.
Merry Christmas, troops. Don't take that lump of coal in your stocking personally or anything. (Hat tip to DKos.)