[UPDATE: AKA "Pajamas Media" "Internet Brownshirts" "Philosphical Assassins" - pending Mary Mapes' latest appellation]
...on the "timetable" for pullout. Maybe letting bloggers shoot from the hip for analysis isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Um, guys, read the article. That's the Bush plan. Tying drawdown to the training of Iraqi security forces is not exactly "eyes only".
There is no "time"table. What they proposed is nothing new. If there were an actual date mentioned, then it would be a timetable.
Iraq's government, to Sunni Arabs ahead of parliamentary elections that have been put on shaky ground by weeks of sectarian violence.
About 100 Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish leaders, many of whom will run in the elections Dec. 15, signed a closing memorandum on Monday that "demands a withdrawal of foreign troops on a specified timetable, dependent on an immediate national program for rebuilding the security forces," the statement said.
"The Iraqi people are looking forward to the day when foreign forces will leave Iraq, when its armed and security forces will be rebuilt, and when they can enjoy peace and stability and an end to terrorism," it said.
"By mid-next year, we will be 75 percent done in building our forces, and by the end of next year it will be fully ready," Jabr told Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news channel.
The last paragraph is a bit like a timetable, but still dependent upon the prediction coming true. I prefer the Rumsfeld approach: "It happens when it happens."