July 10, 2005


The main point of my latest New Time article is that Bush may have to choose between the War in Iraq and his political power. A new British memo sheds some light:

The paper, which is marked "Secret — UK Eyes Only," said "emerging US plans assume that 14 out of 18 provinces could be handed over to Iraqi control by early 2006," allowing a reduction in overall U.S.-led forces in Iraq to 66,000 troops. The current troop level is about 160,000.

....The memo notes a debate between U.S. officials at the Pentagon and military leaders in Iraq, saying that officials in Washington favor "a relatively bold reduction in force numbers," differing with battlefield commanders, "whose approach is more cautious." There are more than 135,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq.

Early 2006 means before the elections which occur in late 2006. Choices. Link and Quote from Political Animal.

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