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Ear to the Ground

Bush Considering ‘General’ Withdrawal Timetable

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Posted on Jul 18, 2008
Iraqi army patrol
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Ready to take over?: Iraqi army soldiers patrol the streets of northwest Baghdad’s Shula neighborhood last Monday.

In what The New York Times is calling a “significant concession,” President Bush allowed the topic of U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq to enter a discussion about America’s long-term strategy in the region. This occurred Thursday during a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


The New York Times:

The United States and Iraq have agreed to set a “general time horizon” for the “further reduction of U.S. combat forces in Iraq” following the improvement in security conditions in the country, the White House said Friday.

The breakthrough, which was reached between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in discussions via video link on Thursday, could lead to the successful completion of a long-term security agreement covering American operations in Iraq—from combat missions to detaining Iraqis—by the end of this month, a White House official said.

“We’re converging on an agreement,” the official said, referring to ongoing negotiations between Iraq and the United States on the deal.

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By Jim Yell, July 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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Bush has left a long string of “reconsidered this, reconsidered that”, but in truth as he doesn’t change his policy or position it is clear that it is just a device when critics get too hot for him.

To say it shorter, “it isn’t worth a tinker’s damn”.

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By msgmi, July 19, 2008 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment
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The center of gravity is shifting from the D.C. Beltway to the Bagdad highway unless of course the neoCONS devise a detour.

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By Dianne Goode, July 19, 2008 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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So, if I were to head toward the horizon, how long would it take me to get there?  Does it ever get closer?  Is it just an “imaginary line..err time line..err time”?  I think I can see that the end is in sight, but there is no way to gain on it.  Thankfully, the end of the Kingdom of King George really does have a specific end date.

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By jack, July 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment
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Republican vs Democrat futures has nothing to do with this - the so-called Left/Right chasm, like almost everything that pervades the MSM, is an orchestrated distraction - what we’re seeing, regardless of what happens in November, is the ascension of the Brzezinski faction - the Neocons are being ushered out for failing Machiavali 101: Do not make war with your presumed enemies. Set them to fighting amongst themselves.

But, with their fingers so close to the button, the Nietzchien Neocons couldn’t resist, with the Cheney faction again almost running totally amok in its illegal attempt to dispatch a B52, armed with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, to join Israel’s Syria strike, speculated to continue on to Iran, and thankfully aborted at Barksdale by an Air Force mutiny.

Look for this:  as the US pulls out, the intended chaos and failed-states condition for the Middle East will be pursued ever more vigorously through evermore widespread black-ops/psy-ops, false flags by the CIA-MI6-MOSSAD network of patsies, moles and executioners. Self determination for any Middle East state is not “on the table.” Setting Pakistan to war with Afghanistan is. Another Iraq, Iran war is. Israel is scheduled to be at war forever and the West will certainly continue supporting the terrorists in Chechnya. Russia at war anywhere makes Brzezinski’s day. If only China could be provoked to attack Moscow.

Sorry to report, folks: You choose Obama; you get Brzezinski.

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By msgmi, July 19, 2008 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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The Iraqi solution will be resolved by the Shiite and Sunnis, not the delusion of the occupation. When the Sunnis get their piece of the pie whether through a political solution or a civil conflict, it will signal the beginning of the resolution. Outside mingling only convolutes the situation.

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By suziq, July 19, 2008 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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A “timeline horizon”.  Letting the state department take part in talks with Iran.  Is Cheney in a coma?  I can’t think of any other reason he would let his puppet-boy listen to Condi Rice!

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, July 19, 2008 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

What does that mean, “a general time horizon?”  I looked up time horizon in the dictionary and couldn’t find it. 

Is it the line in the West below which time sinks out of sight like the sun and does it come around again the next day? So, that’s it.  Today, before 9 p.m. the troops are going home.  But while they’re boarding the bus, time rises again in the East and, “Whoops!, as you were, men.  Back to the barracks!”

What idiot did taxpayers pay to come up with that expression, “time horizon?”

Or, is General Time Horizon taking Gen. Petraeus’ job when Petraeus leaves?  I guess in military talk, everything has to be “general.”

“Generally speaking, in general military matters, we generally stay away from specific generalizations and allow Gen. Petreaus to establish general time horizons, which generally depend on normally general circumstances around the time we might expect, generally, that the troops could begin a general withdrawal, generally speaking.”

Thank you, General.

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By xypher, July 19, 2008 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

Mr. Bush likes to talk and what he says typically signifies nothing.
An empty man can only utter empty statements.

185 days left of the Bush Regime.

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By bat guano, July 19, 2008 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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What BS, no one is going anywhere.

King George allowed the “topic of withdrawal” to be discussed, how nice of our royal scumbag.

I imagine that lasted about 30 seconds and then he went back to trying to color in between the lines on his map of the Middle East.

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By reason, July 19, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment

Ask yourself why the Bush Administration would do this now but wouldn’t do it just 3 months ago. Pressure from Republican party whose members know they are in jeapordy of losing there career positions in the government. With the history of the Bush Administrations positions on the Iraqi War, Afghanistan and Pakistan , can anyone believe this to be a genuine change of policy?
In the last few weeks I have noticed a change in Truthdig that smacks of mainstream (talking head) journalism. What has happened? Truthdig has been a valuable stage for discussion on political and social discussion in the past but there is no doubt in my mind someone has decided to use it to promote a narrower view.

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By Pacrat, July 19, 2008 at 5:31 am Link to this comment
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Would Bush have ever caved in on troop withdrawals if it weren’t for Barack? The House of Shame is terrified of Barack’s trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Asia and Europe.

Granted, it looks like a tourist trip, but the question is, will the generals tell him the truth, or are they still afraid of this administration? Time for Petraeus to fess up to the next president!

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By Purple Girl, July 19, 2008 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

Finally Maliki realized he would not be heard by the Admin until He told them Through the US media to ‘Get the F*ck out of my Country!’.
In doing so he has aided US in our attempts to regain our Democracy.
Thank You Mr.Maliki, but vcould you also kick the foreign Oil Regimes out of your country too, and use the profits from YOUR oil sales to pay US back for a War we never Wanted, but aided you in gaining Your independence? If Left to BP, Exxon and Total We will never see any repayment of the devasting involuntary investment we have been swindled out of.Most Americans felt we should have left after Saddam was in your hands. We will accept the financial burden of the invasion, but thereafter is considered the cost of building your Sovereign nation. Please make lump sum checks payable to each State, or each citizen of approx $16,000 each- the Feds are currently an Organized Crime Syndicate.This will not only assure OUR hearts and Minds, but you will be ‘greeted as a Liberator’

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By wholetruth, July 18, 2008 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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This is what has been already planned for Iraq! First, all Iraqi natural resources given to US companies and appointment of 250,000 US “advisers”, THEN gradual withdrawal of forces. Both major party presidential nominees agree to this. Don’t waste your vote on either of them - nothing will change.

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