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September 14, 2007 09:15 PM UTC

Diana DeGette encouraged by Bush's lies

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  • by: Zappatero

This statement does nothing but muddy the waters:

“While I am encouraged that President Bush will redeploy a limited number of U.S. troops from Iraq, the President continues to ignore the need to establish concrete timelines and benchmarks to successfully withdraw all of our troops and end this misguided war. The President’s redeployment plan merely reduces our troops to pre-surge levels ” troop levels that were unacceptable at the end of 2006, and are again unacceptable now.

That shouldn’t be a question mark. Or maybe it was Freudian. Or maybe these pros should start proof reading stuff.

It’s true: we’ll be basically at the same pre-surge troop levels that had to come down no matter what:

Let’s be clear one more time about this claim: The surge of five extra combat brigades (bringing the total from 15 to 20) started in January. Their 15-month tours of duty will begin to expire next April. The Army and Marines have no combat units ready to replace them. The service chiefs refuse to extend the tours any further. The president refuses to mobilize the reserves any further. And so, the surge will be over by next July. This has been understood from the outset.

Understood by some; but it’s encouraging to Diana. More from the Congresswoman:

“General David Petraeus’ progress report illustrates that the ‘surge’ has produced unbalanced results.

Known in some circles as “failing”.

While the U.S. military continues to do the heavy lifting, the Iraqi Government has not made any significant political progress. General Petraeus conceded that violence remains too high and an independent report found that the Iraqi Government is far from taking over security responsibilities.

We are standing up while Iraqis continue to stand down.

“The clock is running out on the President’s failed war strategy.

September was the magic month, remember?

Having opposed giving the President the original authorization to go to war in 2002, I cannot support any plan that weakens our commitment to timelines and benchmarks that will bring our troops home and end this war quickly and responsibly.”

I’ll be waiting for something more bold than just another press release from our Colorado leaders….

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