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This is a short diary with a very serious question........

Why do we let the GOP pretend that the timetable that needs to be set for an orderly and sensible departure from Iraq will be public and advertised to everyone?

Simply put, the GOP is the master of the secret issue or deflecting from an issue in the most distracting way. They have been successful at keeping the real reasons from this war pretty well masked from the American people who aren't that up to date on current events. Why would we not believe that we would broadcast our timetable for departure to every Iraqui citizen, every person in the world, and of course to the terrorists.

A timetable quietly shared with the Iraq "unity" government is the best way for the US to force action from this government. The timetable is the smartest way to determine key metrics such as Iraq troop strength (troops that can stand up without US backup) and Iraq troops successfully trained.

This idea that a timetable broadcasts our actions to the terrorists is very clearly a strawman that needs to be knocked down immediately. Its easy because it shows the spurious methods the GOP uses to show their inept prosecution of the war.

How can we get Dems to argue sensibly instead of watching them react to Rove's soundbites....?

Originally posted to doc9464 on Thu Jun 22, 2006 at 02:58 PM PDT.

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