Sunday, October 22, 2006

"Hey, I've got a GREAT idea!"

Aug 31, 2006 (all emphasis added):

Bush Team Casts Foes as Defeatist

... the White House yesterday could cite no major Democrat who has proposed cutting off funds or suggested that withdrawing from Iraq would persuade terrorists to leave Americans alone. But White House and Republican officials said those are logical interpretations of the most common Democratic position favoring a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

... Some Republicans, such as Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.), line up with Democrats in seeking a timetable for a withdrawal from Iraq. When Bush and his allies accuse those favoring such a timetable of "self-defeating pessimism," as Cheney put it this week, they risk spraying friendly fire on some of their own candidates.

And now?

U.S. to Hand Iraq a New Timetable on Security Role

The Bush administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and assume a larger role in securing the country, senior American officials said.

... officials said that for the first time Iraq was likely to be asked to agree to a schedule of specific milestones, like disarming sectarian militias, and to a broad set of other political, economic and military benchmarks intended to stabilize the country.

Well, it's about time someone suggested coming up with a timetable. Whose brilliant idea was that? Oh ... right:

The plan also moves the administration closer to an idea advocated by many Democrats, who have called for setting a date for beginning phased withdrawals of American troops from Iraq as a way to compel Iraq’s government to resolve its internal divisions and take on more responsibility.

The Republicans and the Conservative Party of Canada: Partners in being unfit to govern.

: Bill Maher takes the entire neo-con movement out to the woodshed. Blogging Tories, are you paying attention?

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