What The Hell Is A “General Time Horizon”?
That is the phrase that pays for the Bush administrtion’s latest stance on Iraq. Prime Minister Maliki and President Bush spoke by videoconference on Thursday.
The two leaders agreed that improvements in security should allow for the negotiations “to include a general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals, such as the resumption of Iraqi security control in their cities and provinces and the further reduction of U.S. combat forces from Iraq,” the White House said.
The next time your boss asks you to complete a job, tell him or her that you’ll have it done within “a general time horizon.” Orwell would be proud.
Friday’s White House statement was intentionally vague and did not specify what kind of timelines were envisioned. That allows Iraqi officials, who are facing elections in the fall, to argue they are not beholden to Washington or willing to tolerate a permanent military presence in Iraq. For Bush, it points the way toward a legal framework for keeping American troops in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires on Dec. 31.
Oh, I see. It’s not about the security of the troops. It’s about politics.Click here for reuse options!
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