U.S. to Hand Iraq a New Timetable on Security Role:
The Bush administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and assume a larger role in securing the country, senior American officials said.
Details of the blueprint, which is to be presented to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki before the end of the year and would be carried out over the next year and beyond, are still being devised. But the officials said that for the first time Iraq was likely to be asked to agree to a schedule of specific milestones, like disarming sectarian militias, and to a broad set of other political, economic and military benchmarks intended to stabilize the country.
Because national stability and sectarian violence definitely aren't things you'd want to address before you go and invade a country.
(Thx Kevin Drum.)
In other news:
U.S. diplomat apologizes for remarks:
“We tried to do our best but I think there is much room for criticism because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq,” [Alberto Fernandez] said.
And in other other news:
Bush says he uses "the Google."
(And Barack Obama is, apparently, the Antichrist.)