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by James Denison / December 7, 2006 12:06 AM PST

Check current CBS for sure and probably other news. President speaking. Word is it's about beginning of withdrawals.

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Sure isn't sounding like withdrawal to me.
by James Denison / December 7, 2006 12:32 AM PST

When CBS started off before the press conference which included Tony Blair
they gave the impression Bush was going to announce a scale down of activities
in Iraq. Seems instead Blair and Bush are reiterating their stand and reaffirming
their commitment to remain involved.

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(NT) good
by Mark5019 / December 7, 2006 12:43 AM PST
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Right now....
by Angeline Booher / December 7, 2006 12:55 AM PST

..... CNN is covering the Pres.Bush/PM Blair news conference.

So far, I get no sense that a change is policy is being considered.

I do understand that PM Blair, who is not running for reelection, already has announced the British troops will be withdrawn.

So far, PM Blair has indicated he supports talks with Iran. Pres.Bush again said he does not until they give up their nuclear bomb program.

They both appear to favor a separate Palesinian state to reassure the safety of Israel.

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Less than expected
by James Denison / December 7, 2006 1:08 AM PST
In reply to: Right now....

Certainly not what CBS seemed to be indicating before the event. Seemed
to be more of Blair giving the thumbs up for Bush while pulling troops out
in the background. Bush seemed as stubborn as ever on not declaring victory
and leaving.

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(NT) ..."disappointed with the slowness of success."
by Angeline Booher / December 7, 2006 1:11 AM PST
In reply to: Less than expected
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News was expecting something more along lines of recent....
by James Denison / December 7, 2006 1:38 AM PST
In reply to: Right now....

" the Iraq Study Group's report is not simply that it provides a blueprint for U.S. forces withdrawing from Iraq. The commission's recommendations ? which were finally made public Wednesday after much anticipation ? in effect call for a sweeping overhaul of George Bush's foreign and defense policies during the remaining two years he has in office.

Press leaks before the release of the report tended to focus on two of the study group's recommendations: a phased withdrawal of American soldiers and increased diplomatic contacts with Iran and Iraq"

Obviously Bush surprised them all by not paying much attention to the study. I'd say his
appearance today was to make that quite clear before speculation of a change
became bigger, and thereby larger disappointment as hope grew based on that

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He should...
by EdH / December 7, 2006 1:46 AM PST

pay lip service to the report but ignore its idiotic recommendations.

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