White House About Face on Troop “Timetables”? Judge For Yourself

Aug 21, 2008 4:39pm

Iraq and the U.S. have reached preliminary agreement to withdraw American forces from Iraqi cities by next June.  The Associated Press has compiled examples of what the Bush administration has said regarding timetables. Here are two examples…2007 and today. April 3, 2007: — "I think setting an artificial timetable for withdrawal is a significant mistake. It is — it sends mixed signals and bad signals to the region and to the Iraqi citizens. Listen, the Iraqis are wondering whether or not we’re going to stay to help. People in America wonder whether or not they’ve got the political will to do the hard work." — President Bush. Aug. 21, 2008: — "Well, we have always said that the roles, missions and size of the American forces here, the coalition forces, was based on the conditions on the ground and what is needed. We have agreed that some goals, some aspirational timetables for how that might unfold are well worth having in — in such an agreement. … And I have to say, if I could just make the point, the reason we are where we are going, talking about this kind of agreement, is that the surge worked, Iraqi forces have demonstrated that they are strong and getting stronger." — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Baghdad.

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