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UPDATED: What does this mean?: "Aspirational Timetables"

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by andyouare?, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. andyouare?

    andyouare? Guest

    Are these just more mushy meaningless words, or does it really mean something?

    Does this undercut McCain/Obama, or does this provide the following talking point: "Pull out? We can't pull out, we made an agreement with the Iraqi government."



    Bush, Maliki Agree on 'Time Horizon' for U.S. Troop Withdrawals

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/18/AR2008071801308_pf.html
    By Dan Eggen
    Washington Post Staff Writer

    TUCSON, July 18 -- President Bush and Iraq's prime minister have agreed to set a "time horizon" for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as security conditions in the war-ravaged nation continue to improve, White House officials said here Friday.

    The agreement, reached during a video conference Thursday between Bush and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, marks a dramatic shift for the Bush administration, which for years has condemned any talk of timetables for withdrawal.

    But Maliki and other Iraqi leaders in recent weeks have begun demanding firm withdrawal deadlines from the United States. Bush said earlier this week that he opposes "arbitrary" timetables but was open to setting an "aspirational goal" for moving U.S. troops to a support role.

    . . .White House spokesman Scott Stanzel denied that the agreement with Maliki represents a concession by the Bush administration. Previous discussions of timetables "came from Democrats who wanted to arbitrarily retreat from Iraq," he told reporters in Tucson.

    "These are aspirational goals, not arbitrary timetables based on political expediency," Stanzel said.
     
  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    It means they settled on a synonym so Bush wouldn't look bad.
     
  3. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    I'm guessing ballpark figure rather than set-in-stone timeline.
     
  4. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    It simply looks to be an innuendo to the American society to make us believe that a withdraw is in the "near future."
     
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    I guess freedom has completed its march to Iraq. The misson was accomplished. No need to cut and run. It is victory. Because we stayed the course.
     
  6. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    What does this mean?

    That Orwell was prescient.
     
  7. andyouare?

    andyouare? Guest

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    I wonder why Bush -- at some point between now and Jan. 09 -- doesn't just say "WE WON! We've determined that Iraq is good to go. We won and everyone's coming home."
     
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal


    Maybe because his oil buddies and Halliburton still haven't made enough money?
     
  9. Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    From the story, it looks like the Iraqi govt. forced the issue a bit. They've been asking for a timeline, and now they sort of, kind of got one.

    But who knows. I mean everyone knows we have to leave eventually. Right?
     
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    The Koreans are wondering the same thing.
     
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    I believe a "time horizon" was set by Nixon in 1969 when he took the oath of office.

    We were in Vietnam for 6 more years.
     
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Re: What does this mean?: "Time Horizon" for Iraq withdrawal

    Now that's what you do with a cockshot.

    Hammer it.
     
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