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You and Whose Army?

There are doors that let you in and out but never open And there are trapdoors that you can’t come back from.

The US defence secretary has said there is no timetable for Iraq to prove it has fulfilled commitments required by the US in President Bush’s new plan.

But Robert Gates said the US would have a “good idea” of the Iraqi government’s success before many new troops went in.

He also told a Senate hearing there should be no announcement of a troop pullout as, in his words, the enemy would then just wait the time out.

The hearing comes as criticism grows of Mr Bush’s move to boost troops in Iraq.

Mr Bush plans to send at least 20,000 more troops, saying it will help bring security to Baghdad’s streets.

‘Sound plan’

Mr Gates is facing the Senate Armed Services Committee together with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Peter Pace.

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I think that any time you announce a specific deadline … for departing in a situation as volatile as this, you basically give your adversaries the confidence that all they have to do is wait you out[/quote]
Robert Gates

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6255151.stm

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You and whose army?
You and your cronies
Come on, come on
Holy Roman empire
Come on if you think
Come on if you think
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