Troop Cuts In Iraq - WHEN?
Officials: Bush to announce troop cut
Summary Box: Officials Say Bush Will Adopt Petraeus' Recommendations on Troop Withdrawals
The Associated Press
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.