"Never chalk up to malice what can easily be explained by stupidity."
Is that why so many characterize Bush as slow? Because they do not want to think he acts on purpose?
I don't misunderesitmate* him. I honestly think that if Congress tries to impose a deadline on the administration, that it would either be ignored (Abu Ghraib picture method of dealing) or that the administration would take Congress to court over what duties the Constitutionally outlined role of Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces gives the President in terms of a free hand.
With the current Supreme Court, do you want to take bets on how such a decision would fall out?