Bush Remarks on Iraq Today – Will the MSM Notice?

This morning, George Bush made some glowing remarks about security progress in Iraq, and indicated that he might begin pulling down troop levels prior to the end of this year. We’™ve heard this same refrain many times since the occupation began in 2003.

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This morning, George Bush made a few happy faced remarks about the situation in Iraq. The cornerstone of his remarks is that he’™s hoping to be able to reduce troop levels later this year, and is shortening the standard tour length from 15 to 12 months.

Lost in his remarks is that plans are in the works for increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, and that reverting tour lengths back to 12 months is no more than a return to pre-escalation length of tours. It’™s also a given that troop levels in Iraq will remain above pre-escalation levels, at least through the end of this year.

More than five years into the occupation of Iraq, which was initially forecast to last three to six months in 2003, by sometime next year U.S. military forces will be back to the insufficient levels that were there at the beginning of the invasion.

That’™s progress??

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

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