In today’sgaggle, when is a timeline not a timeline?
When Pony Blow says it’s not.
Q The Iraq withdrawal plan announced by Tony Blair, do you see that as a negative sign?
MR. SNOW: No, it indicates that there’s been some progress in Basra.
Q Can I follow that, Tony? The plan calls for the British to remove troops as conditions permit. And the initial response from the U.S. was that that’s a model to emulate. But that’s what some have, in fact, been calling for here, is time lines for removal of troops if conditions permit. So why is that model not okay for U.S. troops?
MR. SNOW: No, this is not a time line. And the Prime Minister made it clear it is not a time line. As a matter of fact, what you had is progress first and then the removal. This was not in response to any calendar that had been set by the Parliament or by the Prime Minister. In fact, it had been the result of a judgment.
No Relief for Our Troops!
Q Is there any consideration of having the Brits ease the burden on the U.S. in its own surge in Baghdad and al Anbar?
MR. SNOW: No, these are — they have had separate — as you know, there has been a division of labor within Iraq and people do have separate responsibilities.