White House response to Democrats' plan: Where is it?

Reid and Pelosi offer a way forward in Iraq. Snow says the president looks forward to hearing their way forward in Iraq.

By Tim Grieve
Published January 5, 2007 9:18PM (EST)

In their letter to George W. Bush today, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi laid out -- albeit briefly -- their plan for Iraq: "We believe the way forward is to begin the phased redeployment of our forces in the next four to six months, while shifting the principal mission of our forces there from combat to training, logistics, force protection and counter-terror."

The non-sequitur response from the White House? We're waiting for the Democrats to offer their plan for Iraq.

At this afternoon's press briefing, Tony Snow said that the president is willing to listen to what Reid and Pelosi have to say and that the White House will "welcome them to offer their suggestions."

Snow said that Bush spent much of today meeting with members of Congress about his not yet "final final" decision about Iraq. He declined to say who those members of Congress were, how many of them Bush met or what any of them might have said, all the while complaining that "everyone assumes that when we talk about bipartisanship, it's just happy face-Kumbaya stuff and we're just lying through our teeth."

Tim Grieve

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

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