It’s obvious that there will be a troop withdrawal before elections this November
. There is no way that Republicans will allow themselves to be beat on this issue. They know they have no chance of holding a majority if they actually implement their plans on Iraq.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democrats who have called for U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq said a proposed withdrawal plan reportedly put forward by the top American general there shows their criticism has been on the mark.
President Bush's Republican allies in Congress in recent weeks have criticized Democratic proposals for getting out of Iraq, accusing the opposition party of laying plans to "cut and run" from the war.
But The New York Times, quoting unnamed U.S. officials, reported Sunday that Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, plans to send home about 7,000 of the 127,000 American troops by September without replacing them. More than 20,000 more would leave by the end of 2007, the Times reported.
"Here we have a situation where Democrats, 80 percent of us, voted to say we ought to start reducing our troop presence there -- and again, we got pummeled," Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, told CBS. "And now, it turns out, we're in synch with General Casey."
The sad thing is that Democrats have been right about Iraq all along, and Republicans know it. That still hasn’t kept them from starting cute little titles – “cut and run” – to slam their political opponents.UPDATE1:
Ugh, there is so much going on this morning. It seems that Snow is kind of denying imminent troop withdrawal
WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday played down reports that the United States is planning sharp troop withdrawals from Iraq, beginning with the pullout of two combat brigades in September.
"I would caution very strongly against everybody thinking, `Well, they're going to pull two brigades out,'" White House press secretary Tony Snow said.
"Maybe they will, maybe they won't," he said. "It really does depend upon a whole series of things that we cannot at this juncture predict. I would characterize this more in terms of scenario building and we'll see how it proceeds."
There’s no doubt in my mind that there will be a troop withdrawal. It almost seems, though, that this administration is going to spin this and make it seem that their plan was correct all along, and it just now happens that the “situation on the ground” is allowing for withdrawal. Good thing the administration wouldn’t do this – or something.
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