Julie with a B

Thursday, November 17, 2005
As the world turns...
From today's WaPo:
By a vote of 79 to 19, the Senate approved a resolution designating 2006 as "a period of significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty . . . thereby creating the conditions for the phased redeployment of United States forces from Iraq." It would also require the White House to submit to Congress an unclassified report every 90 days detailing U.S. policy and military operations.

Iraq needs to find those middle managers and trained officers to help themselves through the transition.
Different article same paper:
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.) declined in an interview to call the Senate-approved amendment, which he co-sponsored, a repudiation of the White House. Instead, he said, it shores up the administration's arguments. He noted that the National Security Council staff had been shown the language in advance and was given the opportunity to critique it.
But Warner also said senators were "not unmindful" of widespread unease in public opinion about the war. Calling the next 120 days critical to success, he said the United States must do all it can to prevent Iraq from fracturing into civil war. But he added that the Senate vote was a "strong message to Iraqi people and the Iraqi government that you have got to come to grip with your internal problems. . . . It's a signal to the Iraqis that we mean business."

A bit insulting since it was the American side that erred with the Iraqi officers.
Public unease? Certainly since the administration has not given the public any clues as to signposts of success. Yes, the election was excellent progress. Then we were to be patient...it's hard work....and patient...it's hard work... we know that.


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