Archive for Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bush broaches US troop timetable

July 19, 2008


— President Bush and Iraq's prime minister have agreed to set a "time horizon" for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as part of a long-term security accord they are trying to negotiate by the end of the month, White House officials said Friday.

The decision, reached during a videoconference Thursday between Bush and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, marks the culmination of a gradual but significant shift for the president, who has adamantly fought - and even ridiculed - efforts by congressional Democrats to impose what he described as artificial timetables for withdrawing U.S. forces.

In recent weeks, Bush and senior officials have hinted that they would be open to "aspirational" goals for removing U.S. troops, as Maliki and other Iraqi politicians have voiced increasing discontent with the idea of an open-ended U.S. troop presence in their country.

The White House has also been under pressure from top military officers to make more U.S. forces available for the war in Afghanistan, and that would be possible only by reducing the number of troops in Iraq, administration officials said. U.S. troop levels there have been decreasing in recent months, as they return to the 15 combat brigades present before Bush ordered a troop increase last year.

Senior military officials have made clear that they expect troop levels in Iraq to drop even further this fall, following a 45-day period of assessment by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. In a statement issued Friday, after the conversation between Bush and Maliki, the White House went further than it has in previous official statements to indicate that it shares that expectation.


1029 9 years, 11 months ago

To all you the peace-loving liberal whiners who insisted that the War was a bad thing: Looks like the U.S.A. will achieve victory after all--much to your dismay, I'm sure. President Bush has done an outstanding job in helping us take control of more of the world's economy. Bush-haters are dumb and are cheering for the wrong team. Democrats will never lead us to victory the way the Republicans can. Republicans "get 'er done" because they aren't afraid to stomp all over the world and show that America is the greatest country on Earth. Democrats waste time whining and thinking. Republicans don't waste time with thinking and instead take action, and get things done, like winning wars so that gas prices won't be so high. This is America's planet; it belongs to good hard-working super intelligent Americans like screedposter and I. We are smarter than you. We are Republicans. Be intelligent! Vote with us! (P.S. If your still not convinced that Republicans are the right team, I should remind you that Democrats kill innocent babies who can't speak for themselves) (And Republicans will cut your taxes. Anybody who likes taxes is stupid)

james bush 9 years, 11 months ago

Obama= Chicago community democrat organizer who is a presidential wannabe politician whose wife, pastor, friends(ie, Professor Ayers and his common-law wife) makes us question his pontifical "preachments" of hope and change which in reality is plain old politcal pandering.

Corey Williams 9 years, 11 months ago

Too little too late. And where are all the supporters who agreed when Bush said that the US wouldn't negotiate with Iran. Or that there wouldn't be any timetables?

Corey Williams 9 years, 11 months ago

"I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long [U.S. troops] will be involved and when they will be withdrawn." George W. Bush on Kosovo, Jun. 5, 1999"It doesn't make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable, you're - you're conceding too much to the enemy." George W. Bush on Iraq, 6/24/05Meanwhile..."President Bush and Iraq's prime minister have agreed to set a "time horizon" for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops..."And from another story..."A senior U.S. envoy will sit eye-to-eye for the first time Saturday with a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, a sharp reversal in U.S. policy that aims to entice Tehran into ending activities that could be used to make atomic weapons."Exit strategy, time horizons? Negotiating with, Iran? I thought that both of those things were bad. Did the administration just realize that they only have a little bit of time left to leave a good legacy?

beatrice 9 years, 11 months ago

jonas, 1029 got me on the first read too! Very well played.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

I'll be surprised if the Dems in congress let Bush do this, but I'm not sure how much ability they'd have to stop it. Let's get while the gettin's good, the Iraqi government wants us out, so this is probably the best chance we'll have in a long time. As for victory, none of us will know that for probably years. Right now, victory is likely just a matter of perspective. If a Democrat was directing this, it would likely be being called cut and run.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

1029: I had to read about 5 of your posts, at least, to figure you out for sure. Well done.

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