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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, June 26, 2006


What's with all the shenanigan's around the (token) troop withdrawal story? The White House wanted it out there, let the story run for a couple days, and now are trying to back off it. They wanted the political benefit of the story without being held to the promise it entailed.

I can almost see Karl Rove sitting at his desk, "Don't issue the correction, not yet.... not yet.... Now."

(And if you doubt the political play on this story, answer this question: How do specific details of a classified meeting between the war's top commander and the president get leaked without an okay? Are we going to see prosecutions on this leak?)

Update: AP changed the article. Now it includes this quote. "Generally Casey proposes lots of things and actually laid out more than one option. And everybody's fastening on one," Snow said. "Certainly that's under consideration, but I would warn against saying this is what he's saying, this is what he wants."

But that one option just happens to be the one that was leaked.


  • Right you are. This admin is expert at having things both ways.

    By Anonymous abi, at 1:45 PM  

  • I'm still shaking my head at those who were taken in. Maybe all this is making me too cynical...

    By Blogger Cartledge, at 1:53 PM  

  • Can you imagine Eisenhower and Roosevelt having their meetings leaked?

    Not that these guys measure up to those standards, but that's the parallel they keep trying to draw.

    And, remember, that what's being discussed in the realistic near term is just a token troop withdrawal, somewhere between 7,000 and 9,000 soldiers.

    And, Cartledge, it's not so much who was taken in as it was the media's breathless portrayal. CNN in the US literally covered almost only this "withdrawal" absent the real facts for a whole day.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:58 PM  

  • Sorry about your dog.
    The troop withdraw thing, weird.

    By Blogger justin barker, at 3:22 PM  

  • It's all politics. They're playing politics with the war. (I know, big surprise.)


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:35 PM  

  • Good point...

    By Blogger copy editor, at 4:02 PM  

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