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September 11, 2007

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If Petraeus is a competent commander, he already has well-developed plans for "rapid withdrawal" and every other variety of our inevitable departure from a country where we have worn out our welcome. He works for us, and all he needs is a new set of orders.

If Congress has to tie Cheney's and Bush's hands to put this country back on the right course (consult your constituents--see graph above), it has the power.

Just Spackling -- It appears that Petraeus does not have contigency plans for a rapid withdrawal, which is why Admiral Fallon sent another officer to Baghdad to collect information and prepare such a plan (see the WaPo article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/08/AR2007090801846_pf.html).

I agree that a competent commander should have contigency plans for all eventualities, but Petraeus evidently does not. This suggests to me that he is not a competent commander. It remains to be seen if he is a competent PR flack for the WH.

Much of the GOP commentariat and base are gearing up for what George Will has called a "Weimar Moment."

I agree that some Republicans will peel off, but I don't know that it's going to be a huge number of them.

The link to the enlarged graph looks like it was double-pasted. http://www.pollster.com/blogs/1ReviewofWarOpinionlarge.phphttp://www.pollster.com/blogs/1ReviewofWarOpinionlarge.php

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