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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Troop Cuts In Iraq - WHEN?

Via TPM, here's an AP story that caught my attention:

Officials: Bush to announce troop cut

Summary Box: Officials Say Bush Will Adopt Petraeus' Recommendations on Troop Withdrawals

The Associated Press
AP News

Sep 11, 2007 16:46 EDT

UPCOMING ADDRESS: President Bush will tell the nation this week he plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by about 30,000 by next summer, The Associated Press has learned.

CONDITIONAL CUTS: But he will condition those and further cuts on continued progress.

ENDORSEMENT: In a prime-time television address, probably Thursday, Bush will endorse the recommendations of his top general and top diplomat in Iraq.

He'll do what? when?

Next summer equals a year from now? Our armed forces will be eviscerated by then; what good will it do to withdraw troops after hundreds (thousands?) more are dead, and that much more equipment is destroyed? And... condition the cuts on continued progress? Isn't that exactly backwards? If Iraq is a quagmire, a nation in a civil war, shouldn't the lack of progress indicate a withdrawal of troops?

Welcome to Wonderland. That's most definitely the world through the looking-glass that Mr. Bush is describing.


  • At 9/11/2007 10:35 PM, Anonymous Bryan said…

    I had to reprogram my Mother's universal remote tonight and saw the end of ?Hardball? and the beginning of Keith Obermann's show.

    KO had a Brit on from ?Newsweek? who made the point that it didn't make sense to withdraw troops if the surge was working, as you would want to spread the success to other other areas.

    Then they both agreed that they had to withdraw troops because tours were up and there were no replacements available.

    It was at the start of the show, and the Brit's last name was Wolf, I think. He was apologetic about "going Spock" on this, but the testimony was "illogical".

  • At 9/11/2007 11:09 PM, Blogger Steve Bates said…

    Thanks for the report, Bryan. I seldom get to see KO the first time round, because I don't have cable here. I don't know the Brit of whom you speak, and the only Wolf I know is the guy with the beard. Perhaps C&L will post a selection from KO's show.

    And now it's back to the YDD for me...


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