Bill Safire is a nattering nabob of nincompoopery who deserves life imprisonment for addictive abuse of alliteration for this quote:
the White House is relying on Baghdad to show not merely consistency in recalcitrance, but an insufferable, infuriating intractability in intransigence.
As for the rest of the article -- Unless someone can explain why August was too early, December is too late, but October is just right, it's clear that the administration is playing politics with Iraq. In fact, Andy Card has admitted as much. (via Just One Minute).