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NYT Says US Is Drafting New Timetable For Iraq

From the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

President Bush speaks during a video teleconference with Vice President Dick Cheney, on screen, and military commanders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006.

U.S. to Hand Iraq a New Timetable on Security Role

Published: October 22, 2006

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 — The Bush administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and assume a larger role in securing the country, senior American officials said.

Details of the blueprint, which is to be presented to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki before the end of the year and would be carried out over the next year and beyond, are still being devised. But the officials said that for the first time Iraq was likely to be asked to agree to a schedule of specific milestones, like disarming sectarian militias, and to a broad set of other political, economic and military benchmarks intended to stabilize the country.

Although the plan would not threaten Mr. Maliki with a withdrawal of American troops, several officials said the Bush administration would consider changes in military strategy and other penalties if Iraq balked at adopting it or failed to meet critical benchmarks within it.

A senior Pentagon official involved in drafting the blueprint said that Iraqi officials were being consulted as the plan evolved and would be invited to sign off on the milestones before the end of the year. But he added, “If the Iraqis fail to come back to us on this, we would have to conduct a reassessment” of the American strategy in Iraq.

The plan is being formulated by General George W. Casey Jr. and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the top military and civilian officials in Iraq, as well as by Pentagon officials. General Casey has been in close consultations with the White House as the debate over the way forward in Iraq has intensified in recent weeks. And he took part by videoconference on Saturday in a strategy meeting with President Bush and senior administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Gen. John P. Abizaid, the top American commander in the Middle East, and Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“We’re trying to come up with ways to get the Iraqis to step up to the plate, to push them along, because the time is coming,” a senior Bush administration official said. “We can’t be there forever.” …

The plan also moves the administration closer to an idea advocated by many Democrats, who have called for setting a date for beginning phased withdrawals of American troops from Iraq as a way to compel Iraq’s government to resolve its internal divisions and take on more responsibility…

Since this is from the New York Times and Mr. Cloud, who seems to specialize in demoralizing the troops, and "anonymous sources" we should take all of this with a large grain of salt.

More likely it just the latest in The Times’ endless drumbeat to "make George do it." Just like the way our one party media was obsessed with making his father, GHW Bush renege on his famous promise and raise taxes.

The plan also moves the administration closer to an idea advocated by many Democrats…

This of course is the main reason the article was written.

"You see, the GOP will just end up doing exactly what the Democrats have the courage to admit they want to do. They are just as strong on national defense. So vote for them."

The NY Times never stops.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 21st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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