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He Must Think We're Barney

Have you ever been playing fetch with a dog and you rear back and swing your arm forward as if you're throwing the ball but you never actually release it from your hand? Notice how the dog will speed down range in anticipation of retrieving the ball for another go around?

Go fetch.
The Bush administration is developing what are described as concepts for reducing American combat forces in Iraq by as much as half next year, according to senior administration officials in the midst of the internal debate.

It is the first indication that growing political pressure is forcing the White House to turn its attention to what happens after the current troop increase runs its course.

The concepts call for a reduction in forces that could lower troop levels by the midst of the 2008 presidential election to roughly 100,000, from about 146,000, the latest available figure, which the military reported on May 1.

As others note this isn't the first time the Bushies have tried this little head fake. So is there really any chance that Bush will release the ball this time?

Maybe we should ask Barney.

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)

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