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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:45 AM
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Looks like the dim one might be able to stall the war til 08, as planned.

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/05/17/petraeus-september /

Petraeus: September Report On Escalation Will Not Say Anything Definitive

Offering another sign that the administration plans to continue its escalation of the war in Iraq into 2008, U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus now says that he will not have anything definitive to say about the war in his September review.

On April 26, Petraeus told reporters that in early September he would provide an assessment of the situation in Iraq with respect to our mission and offer recommendations on the way ahead. But in an interview with CNN reporter Jane Arraf for IraqSlogger, Petraeus says, Come September, I dont think well have anything definitive in September (although) certainly well have some indicators on the political side in Iraq.

Other recent signs that Bush is planning a long-term escalation:

Last week, the Pentagon notified more than 35,000 soldiers and Marines to be prepared to deploy to Iraq beginning this fall, a move that would allow commanders to maintain the ongoing buildup of troops through the end of the year if needed.

The New York Times reported in late April, The timelines are now discussing suggest that the White House may maintain the increased numbers of American troops in Iraq well into next year.

In early March, the Times reported that Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the day-to-day commander of American forces in Iraq, had recommended in a private memo that Bushs increased troop levels be maintained through February 2008. Odierno also said in January that even with the additional American troops, it might take another two or three years for American and Iraqi forces to gain the upper hand in the war.

In recent weeks, senior conservatives have said that President Bush had until September to prove that the Iraq war effort has turned a corner. Petraeus announcement throws a major wrench in that plan.

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bamacrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:47 AM
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1. It wont say anything definitive because they wont tell us.
It would reveal what a monumental fuck up this was, is and alway will be.
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:47 AM
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2. His comment would be more accurate by leaving off the word "definitive" nt
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:50 AM
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3. Betray-us: military man or prognosticator?
Bush** should replace him with one of those fortune teller automatons. It would cost less in food and care, and they could load it with cards that say the same thing: "Ask again in 6 months."
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:52 AM
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4. hahaha -- that's too funny nt
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Lobster Martini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:25 PM
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5. If he knows four months in advance that his report will have no meaningful content...
That pretty much says everything you need to know. Could make some predictions about the September report but not without stating the obvious, and that makes it less fun to be proven right.
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:29 PM
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6. We'll require at least two more Friedman units to succeed. nt
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