In Wednesday’s press briefing, Tony Snow emphasized the same point he and his colleagues have been pressing for weeks: when it comes to the future of Iraq policy, everyone should just shut up until September.
Just 24 hours after Snow once again asked for patience, the administration changed its tune — September isn’t good enough anymore.
The top commanders in Iraq and the American ambassador to Baghdad appealed for more time beyond their mid-September assessment to more fully judge if the new strategy was making gains.
Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, told Pentagon reporters that while he would provide the mid-September assessment of the new military strategy that Congress has required, it would take “at least until November” to judge with confidence whether the strategy was working.
All the talk about September was just to buy a little time. The White House couldn’t give Republican
suckers lawmakers any additional reasons to vote their consciences, so they implored them to keep filibustering until Petraeus could report back. But it was just the latest in a tragically long line of shams.
And keep in mind, while administration officials are talking about putting off progress “at least until November,” the Wall Street Journal reports that they’re actually eyeing January.