Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Hill has a story about some of the preparations leading up to (what could be) a battle over Iraq policy after Gen. Petraeus makes his report on the "surge." It does look like some Democratic leaders (e.g. Speaker Pelosi) will argue that, despite any seeming military success of the "surge," the "surge" was really about political reconciliation--and, since they think no (or at least insufficient) progress has been made on that front, they will continue to argue for forced timetable for withdrawal. We'll see if that persuades the Blue Dogs; we'll also have to see how Republicans organize their strategy.