Sunday, June 17, 2007

So Much For September

We keep hearing how September will be the date when the United States will be able to start to withdraw some troops from Iraq.

In fact, just today Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said this on Face The Nation:

"I think that everybody anticipates that this is going to be a new strategy in the fall. I don't think we'll have the same level of troops, in all likelihood, that we have now," he said. "We're not [in Iraq] forever."

And yet, U.S. General David Petreaus said this today on FOX:

Conditions in Iraq will not improve sufficiently by September to justify a drawdown of U.S. military forces, the top commander in Iraq said yesterday.

Asked whether he thought the job assigned to an additional 30,000 troops deployed as the centerpiece of President Bush's new war strategy would be completed by then, Gen. David H. Petraeus replied: "I do not, no. I think that we have a lot of heavy lifting to do."

We're not going anywhere.

If anything, they may try and squeeze a few more troops in.

Quintuple deployments anyone?

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