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September 09, 2007



Thanks for the link. In answer to the title, short and sweet, dates will always change because conditions on the ground change.

That simple in my mind.

I wonder at the false indignation shown by some (not referring to you)when according to the H.R.2206 bill, Bush writing the report is what was mandated BY Congress and signed by Bush.

(A) The President shall submit an initial report, in classified and unclassified format, to the Congress, not later than July 15, 2007, assessing the status of each of the specific benchmarks established above, and declaring, in his judgment, whether satisfactory progress toward meeting these benchmarks is, or is not, being achieved.

(B) The President, having consulted with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Commander, Multi-National Forces Iraq, the United States Ambassador to Iraq, and the Commander of U.S. Central Command, will prepare the report and submit the report to Congress.

(C) If the President’s assessment of any of the specific benchmarks established above is unsatisfactory, the President shall include in that report a description of such revisions to the political, economic, regional, and military components of the strategy, as announced by the President on January 10, 2007. In addition, the President shall include in the report, the advisability of implementing such aspects of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, as he deems appropriate.

(D) The President shall submit a second report to the Congress, not later than September 15, 2007, following the same procedures and criteria outlined above.

That false indignation seems to stem from the fact that people simply want to discredit any progress being made.

Why wasn't this issue discussed when the H.R.2206 bill was first approved and signed, but only NOW people are claiming they were misled?

Again, I haven't seen that here, but all over the blogosphere I am seeing this false indignation and it is curious.


It seems that the Iraq 'timeline' is always made up of Friedman Units. There's always another period of 6-9 months that must go by before a real change in policy might be needed for sure. Another 'FU" before it's time to say the policy has failed.

Maybe the Congress will now finally force the President to listen to the people, who have been fed up with the current 'plan' for at least 18 months— and want to see our troops begin to give way to Iraqis. It's clear that few of the people in occupied Iraq want the 'protection' the President is forcing upon them.

The British are already beginning to redeploy in southern Iraq. Perhaps it's time the US begins to listen to independent reports like General Jones' study and follow suit.

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