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Condoleezza Rice Panders To Public Opinion
I saw her talking about troop draw-down on CNN about an hour ago, suggesting it wouldn't be long now since the Iraqis are pulling it together themselves (hah!):

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States will probably not need to maintain its current troop levels in Iraq "very much longer," though she declined to provide a precise timetable for reduction in U.S. forces.

Rice appeared to set the stage for such a reduction, saying the Iraqi forces are doing a better job of holding their own against insurgents.

"I do not think that American forces need to be there in the numbers that they are now because _ for very much longer _ because Iraqis are stepping up," Rice told Fox News in an interview Tuesday. "This is not just a matter of training numbers of Iraqi forces, but actually seeing them hold territory."

My take on her little talk? The woman was palpably uncomfortable and physically out of tune with what she was saying, her eyelids pulled into a squint, and her eyeballs rolled back in her head. (Next time, send Scott McClellan.)

Posted by aalkon at November 23, 2005 6:46 AM

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