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November 25, 2005

The Bush administration is waging a fierce campaign to rebut criticism of the Iraq war. It defends a long road of violence and instability, as well as a substantial U.S. troop presence for an indefinite future, whilst demonizing liberals as a bunch of cut-and-run cowards. Consequently, Bush ans Cheney are seen to be more concerned with discrediting their Democrat opponents than addressing American concerns about a war with no apparent end in sight.


It would be a timetable for withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq. Isn't that what the Pentagon is doing? It is drawing up plans to reduce the number of U.S. forces in Irag early next year by as many as three combat brigades, from 18 now. It is a gradual, phased reduction to reduce the political damage to the Budsh Adminiitration. Whatever happens after the Iraq elections the US and its remaining allies, are into the wind-down phase, even though the war is far from "won" and the Iraqi Government is not near ready, nor capable, to take responsibility for its own security.

It looks as if Bush and Cheney have dug a political hole for the administration with their intemperate and desperate-sounding attacks on leading Democrats, such as Rep. John P. Murtha, who called for the withdrawal of all US forces from Iraq. Some of thesenor Democrats ---Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman, Al Gore's vice-presidential running mate in 2000---- continue to talk in terms of a withdrawal being a "big mistake" and the US having to "stay the course in Iraq".

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:58 PM | | Comments (2)


The American Republican Party is going to have to cut and run, the public is demanding it, and if troops arent being removed, or at least being removed, they are going to cop a caning in the November 2006 congressional elections - even with all the gerry mandering that is the house electorates.

The Administration will make the Pentagon lead the withdrawal, so it doesnt look like political flip-flopping on their part. Your favourite "drip-media" in the US (Fox News) has already done an exclusive story of the Pentagon saying that conditions are better than expected and the troops can start to withdraw a brigade at a time. The fix is in.

I agree with your account in South Seas Republic summarized above.

The strident attacks on the Democrats is just a smokescreen to cover the retreat from an imperial defeat to reshape the Middle East. The US failed, just like the UK did in the 20th century. It was a case of overreach that highlights the limits of imperial power.

The tide is turning Washington. Another pro war pro military Democrat-- Rep Norm Dicks makes two points:the turn.Though he disgrees with Murtha's six month withdrawal plan he says :

"The insurgency has gotten worse and worse.That's where Murtha's rationale is pretty strong — we're talking a lot of casualties with no success in sight. The American people obviously know that this war is a mistake.

Secondly, he says that without the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), he would "absolutely not" have voted for the war. That prewar intelligence was "doctored."

Een the Generals who reckon that the Iraqi military strategy is on target talk about a staged withdrawal.