Stand up, stand down

Good news on Iraq! If the U.S. sends more troops, they'll stay only until security conditions improve.


Tim Grieve
November 21, 2006 8:04PM (UTC)

From the "We Feel Better Already" Department, the New York Times reports today that any Pentagon plan to send more troops to Iraq would only be temporary: "The plan envisions the additional troops staying only until security conditions improve," the Times says. "After that, troop levels could come down, as better-trained and equipped Iraqi units took on a larger security role."

We hate to be skeptical -- we know that the White House isn't "staying the course" anymore -- but we think we've seen this movie before. George W. Bush, on June 28, 2005, and pretty much every day thereafter: "Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down."

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Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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