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GOP: Ask Again When September Ends

WaPo reports today that September could be the make or break month for continued Republican support of President Bush's surge strategery.
Congressional leaders from both political parties are giving President Bush a matter of months to prove that the Iraq war effort has turned a corner, with September looking increasingly like a decisive deadline.

In that month, political pressures in Washington will dovetail with the military timeline in Baghdad. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commanding general in Iraq, has said that by then he will have a handle on whether the current troop increase is having any impact on political reconciliation between Iraq's warring factions....

"September is the key," said Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds defense. "If we don't see a light at the end of the tunnel, September is going to be a very bleak month for this administration."....

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who has taken a hard line in Bush's favor, said Sunday, "By the time we get to September, October, members are going to want to know how well this is working, and if it isn't, what's Plan B."...

I'm not as hopeful of these signs as some my be given the GOPer propensity for constantly shifting the goalposts but it's understandable they would wish to relieve themselves of the Bush anchor.

Come September, we'll see if they're really willing to cut the chain or if they're just yanking ours.

(Filed at State of the Day)

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