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Beware the meme
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, July 13, 2008

Steven Lee Myers of the NY Times would have us believe that the administration is suddenly considering increasing the pace of withdrawal in Iraq (the obviously implication being for political reasons):
The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago.
Well not really. You see, the administration and Gen Petraeus have always said it will depend on the conditions on the ground. And, over a month ago, the Washington Post carried an editorial in which it mentioned:
Gen. David H. Petraeus signaled one adjustment in recent testimony to Congress, saying that he would probably recommend troop reductions in the fall going beyond the ongoing pullback of the five "surge" brigades deployed last year.
Gen. Petraeus pointed out that attacks in Iraq hit a four-year low in mid-May and that Iraqi forces were finally taking the lead in combat and on multiple fronts at once — something that was inconceivable a year ago. As a result the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki now has "unparalleled" public support, as Gen. Petraeus put it, and U.S. casualties are dropping sharply.
So? So again, this is a discussion of further withdrawal being based on the conditions there. And at this point, for the reasons Petraeus has given, conditions are good for further withdrawals.

Now, Myers can be forgiven for not knowing this since the coverage the Times has given the Iraq war has been far, far less than when they thought the war was going badly for the administration. And he can also be forgiven for not knowing about the Petraeus statement talking about earlier withdrawals. After all it was in a Post editorial buried on page B6 of the June 1st (Sunday) edition.

There is nothing new or changed here, and don't let them spin you into thinking there is.
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For those who read my my more serious postings, as opposed to my "progressive" postings, I don’t think anyone will accuse me of being a partisan Democrat or anti-Administration foe; that having been said, OF COURSE THEY’RE DRAWING DOWN THE FORCES FOR POLITICAL’s not the ONLY reason, but rest assured it’s a portion of the reason.

Bush I waited until AFTER the Nov. Elections to announce the doubling of the forces committed to Desert Shield (prelude to the offenseive campaign). Bush I adroitly boxed Congress into voting for "war" AFTER he got the UNSC to authorize force, as someone said, "How could Congress object if Botswana thought it was a good idea?"

My point is results on the battlefied affect politcs and politicians know would be stupid or naive to thnk that the Administration doesn’t think that this will help the Republicans, either by blunting the attacks on the "failed" war or by demonstrating that the Republicans were right and that "stay the course" was the correct course.
Written By: Joe
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What we have here is the Times playing the Clinton trick of trying to run far enough in front of the mob that they don’t catch you, and close enough to them that you appear to be leading the a parade.

Written By: Bithead

I am shocked. Politics influencing the conduct of a war? You evil *****. You probably think that war is an extension of politics or something, too.
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