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Oops! Is the Bush Administration Cutting and Running Since They Have a Timetable to Leave Iraq?

22 August 2008 at 10:55:28 AM

The hypocrisy stinks to high heaven. Old Man McCain, or as McBlogger calls him, McThusaleh (heh) has been whining about Obama saying that he would have a timeline for leaving as *surrendering*. Well, I guess he thinks Bush is surrendering, eh?

From Juan Cole

The security agreement nearly completed between the Bush administration and the government of the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki may pull the rug out from under Sen. John McCain on Iraq, according to AP. It will stipulate that US troops will be out of Iraqi cities by June, 2009 and then mostly out of Iraq by 2011. In that light, it will be much harder for McCain to paint Obama as "surrendering" or wanting to "cut and run," since his withdrawal plan is very close to what Bush and the Iraqi government have agreed on.

McCain's position on having long-term bases in Iraq a la South Korea was always pie in the sky, because it assumed that it was a decision he as president would get to make all by himself. Neither the Iraqi parliament nor Congress will likely actually put up with such a policy. Why McCain hasn't been called on this by the Dems is mysterious to me. Why not do an ad? "McCain says he wants long term bases in Iraq. But that is not what the elected government of Iraq says it wants. Is he going to invade again to get what he wants?"

AP reviews Bush's flip-flop on the timetable issue.

That last part is pretty funny, when you read the AP timeline. Remember how, in July 200, Bush didn't want to say the word "Timeline" so he said "general time horizon" (snark!) Now, by August, only about a month later, it's TIMETABLE.

July 18, 2008:

_ "In the area of security cooperation, the president and the prime minister agreed that improving conditions should allow for the agreements now under negotiation to include a general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals." — White House statement that first raised the possibility of timelines.


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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