July 9, 2007
Top aides to President Bush are reportedly telling him, it could be time to
announce a more defined mission and a staged pullback for U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, according to the New York Times.
Top White House officials had hoped to put this discussion off until mid September. When the top commander on the ground and the new ambassador to Baghdad are slated to deliver the highly anticipated progress report on the troop surge, that began in January.
But, two months shy of that report, the pressure from within his own party, just may be too much for the President. Four key Republicans are calling for change, and that may not bode well for Bush, as the Senate begins debating the financing of the war effort.
Lawmakers are also waiting for a second report. It's a Congressionally mandated progress report on the troop surge. It's expected to paint a mixed picture of what's happening on the ground and that could add
fuel to the fiery debate over the war.
But Iraq's foreign minister warns a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops could lead to a civil war and the collapse of Iraq's government. His statement comes on the heels of a bloody weekend.
More than 220 people were killed in a string of bombings across the war torn country.