Friday, July 18, 2008

"Over the Rainbow, or on the Horizon?"

WASHINGTON - July 18, 2008 - [Yahoo! News] -- President Bush has agreed to set a "General Time Horizon" for deeper U.S. troop cuts in Iraq. This is a dramatic shift from his once-ironclad unwillingness to talk about any kind of deadlines or timetables.

This announcement puts Bush in the position of offering to talk with Iraqi leaders about a politically charged issue that even he adamantly has refused to even discuss with the Democratic-led Congress at home.

It could complicate the presidential campaign arguments of McCain and Obama, who both have staked out starkly opposite stands about the unpopular war. So, what has changed?

1. The sharp reduction in violence in Iraq; 2. The lowest level of deaths in four years; 3. Iraqi leaders now more increasingly confident, and more assertive about their own sovereignty; and 4. Iraqi demands for a specific plan for American forces to leave.

Or, as the Iraqis like to call it: Our YANKEE GO HOME Plan ...

Danz View: "That's all I have to say about that." [typed using my Forrest Gump keyboard overlay].

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