Explaining the Difference Between a Draw Down and Rebranding of War

The media (and the Left) are running with the meme that the draw down in Iraq is mere "rebranding" of the war. They buttress this notion with sarcastic references to the "combat troops" leaving Iraq. This misunderstanding is the fault of whoever started to report the drawdown as "combat troops leaving Iraq." Combat troops have left Iraq, but we still have 50,000 combat troops there. They are no longer there in a combat role, however.