WITHDRAWAL UPDATE….The military seems to be having some trouble fine tuning its message about withdrawing troops from Iraq. The latest version, from an anonymous “top U.S. military official,” urges people not to get their hopes up:

The official stressed that it was “important to calibrate expectations post-elections. I’ve been saying to folks: You’re still going to have an insurgency, you’re still going to have a dilapidated infrastructure, you’re still going to have decades of developmental problems both on the economic and the political side.”

….Even if a new government is elected on time in December, “the earliest they’re going to be capable of running a counterinsurgency campaign is…next summer,” the official said.

Consider your expectations suitably calibrated.

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