President Bush has quietly dispatched top officials to work with lawmakers who've defected on the war in Iraq, the Los Angeles Times reports. With support of the war plummeting, the goal is a revised war plan that could avoid bruising battles as the mixed results of the troop surge come in over the next few months.
The new strategy would likely include decentralizing the Iraq government and fast-tracking a supporting role for American troops. Senator Joe Biden, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, has assembled a bipartisan bloc to back a resolution supporting the so-called federal plan. But any larger deal on Iraq still faces long odds: the president says he will oppose a drawdown until Iraq is more stable.