W planning a “quick withdrawal”?

Robert Novak reports:

Inside the Bush administration policymaking apparatus, there is strong feeling that U.S. troops must leave Iraq next year. This determination is not predicated on success in implanting Iraqi democracy and internal stability. Rather, the officials are saying: Ready or not, here we go.

This prospective policy is based on Iraq’s national elections in late January, but not predicated on ending the insurgency or reaching a national political settlement. Getting out of Iraq would end the neoconservative dream of building democracy in the Arab world. The United States would be content having saved the world from Saddam Hussein’s quest for weapons of mass destruction.

But if W is planning a “quick withdrawal” next year, I wonder what is up with all this talk from the Kerry/Edwards camp about a so-called “backdoor draft” of reservists and National Guardsman for Iraq after the election?:

Campaign 2004: Edwards hits ‘backdoor draft’ for Iraq

Later, at a boisterous rally here, Edwards, as Kerry did Friday, accused the administration of concealing plans for a large call-up of reservists and National Guard troops after the election.

Administration officials called the suggestion patently false, but Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who is a ranking member on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, has said Pentagon sources told him it was so. Edwards campaigned with Murtha here yesterday afternoon.

Both Edwards and Kerry have said extended deployments of reservists and National Guard troops in Iraq amount to a form of military draft and are taking a toll on families.

Why would the President be planning a “call-up” of reservists if he’s planning a quick pullout next year? Something about one of these stories (or perhaps both?) doesn’t add up.