Last night as I was perusing the websites of the major news outlets, I happened upon the following headline in todays New York Times that at first blush looked heartening, but didn’t quite send me to the moon. In fact, it made my bullshit detector start beeping. But it was late and I was tired and the fisking could wait for the morrow.
Published: May 26, 2007
It is the first indication that growing political pressure is forcing the White House to turn its attention to what happens after the current troop increase.
The concepts call for a reduction in forces that could lower troop levels by the midst of the 2008 presidential election to roughly 100,000, from about 146,000, the latest available figure, which the military reported on May 1. They would also greatly scale back the mission that President Bush set for the American military when he ordered it in January to win back control of
For a minute there, I was reveling in glee at the seeming undercutting of Insane and Julie-Annie, but that quickly faded into “Wait a sec…I think I’ve heard this before” - and for good reason - I have heard it all before.
Well, sometimes when you leave it be, someone smarter comes along while you’re doing your star turn as a lay-abed and takes care of the heavy lifting for you:
And I’ll just go on record right now…I have a little crush on Glenn Greenwald
For four straight years, the same set of war supporters have constantly and reptitiously given the same exact false assurances about
The withdrawal of 20,000-40,000
U.S.troops from this fall would greatly help Republican chances in the November election, Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) said at a fundraiser Thursday at the National Rifle Association. . . . Iraq
Souder said that plans to withdraw 30,000 soldiers from
had been previously stated, so the term "surprise" only referred to how such a move could quickly change the political environment, which most polls and experts view as anti-Republican. . . . Iraq
U.S.service personnel are stationed in . It is unclear if some of those troops will be withdrawn, but senior military officials have said they hope to reduce that number below 100,000 by the end of the year if the insurgency does not worsen and if Iraq makes more political and military progress. Iraq
Trying to buy time with a public impatient over
Iraq, President George W. Bush has repeatedly railed against the dangers of setting an "artificial timetable" for bringing home troops. U.S.
Yet the White House has signaled that it does have a timetable - all but saying that troops are likely to start pulling out of Iraq in 2006, possibly enough to cut the U.S. presence there in half, some analysts predict.
The military may reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq after next week's parliamentary elections, but some of those troops were slated to come home earlier. Meanwhile, others who have not arrived yet may get to stay put, a Pentagon source said Thursday.
It's long been in the works to bring home 23,000 troops after the elections. Those men and women were supposed to come home earlier, but their tours were extended to help beef up security before the December 15 elections, the source said.
The Pentagon formally announced Thursday that it had stopped the planned return from
of some 20,000 American troops, giving commanders the extra firepower they believe necessary to confront an insurgency that is taking a mounting toll on the U.S.-led coalition. Iraq
The decision, announced by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after first being reported Wednesday, breaks a promise to soldiers who were assured when they arrived in
that they would stay no more than one year. . . . Iraq
United Stateshas a total of about 137,000 troops in now, Rumsfeld said. That number was supposed to have dipped to 115,000 by May, but Rumsfeld said Gen. John Abizaid, the overall commander of the Iraq war, decided he needs to keep the force level at about 135,000 troops. Iraq
General Peter Pace, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon would be announcing "a very specific laydown" on Thursday.
Pace also told the House of Representatives Armed Services committee that the Pentagon plans to reduce
U.S.troop strength in to about 100,000 by May 2003 as new units are rotated in. Iraq
He said the reduction from four to three divisions would be accommodated by an increase in the size of Iraqi security forces from about 115,000 to some 171,000.
I personally hope, as I am sure all members of the Senate do, and I believe, that we will be able to withdraw a significant number of our men and women in uniform from
by the end of this year and even more by next year. . . Iraq
General Abizaid and General Casey have said that it is their hope to begin withdrawing more troops by the end of 2006, and even more next year.
The situation in
is a lot better, different than it was a year ago. . . .So I am confident that the situation is improving enough on the ground that by the end of this year, we will begin to draw down significant numbers of American troops, and by the end of the next year more than half of the troops who are there now will be home. Iraq
What exactly could war supporters do that they have not already done in order to lose complete credibility? Americans have clearly tuned them out, but they continue to be the highly respected war experts upon whom the media relies. If and when
U.S.troops ever leave , these statements, issued time and again over the course of many years, are going to be compiled and it is going to be retrospectively mystifying how this truly wretched and ignoble spectacle was allowed to continue for so long. Iraq
So there you have it. As much as I want to believe that the bubble is at least deflating, if not popped, and the will of the people will be acknowledged, I fear that is a naïve position to assume.