Thursday, August 16, 2007

The New York Sun channels The Onion

by Ken Houghton

But they're Serious:
The top American commander in Iraq is expected to tell Democrats in Congress part of what they want to hear next month when he briefs Washington on the status of the surge, namely that at some point American troop levels in Iraq will recede.

In September, when General David Petraeus will give classified and unclassified testimonies and recommendations to Congress, he will stress that unprecedented progress has been made against Al Qaeda and Iran's network in Iraq, lessening the need for the current troop levels of approximately 160,000. At the same time, the general will warn that any military progress made against America's foes will be lost if the surge ends precipitously.

So if Petraeus announces that the total troops will be cut to, say, 158,000, the Democrats win and can stop asking for a withdrawal plan, right?


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