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SIGN OF THE TIMES: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS RULES THE BORING NEW YORK TIMES

ATTENTION FOREIGN SPIES: HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR NEW YORK TIMES SUBSCRIPTION -- YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO MISS OUR "CLASSIFIED" REPORT FEATURES

Am I the only one wondering why information regarding a "classified" report is being prominently featured in a New York Times article?  Or who are the "American officials" who leaked the plan before its formal presentation? Or is this "plan" a press release designed to reassure those in Iraq that we have not abandoned them? Or do we have a modern Daniel Elsberg-type leaker somewhere in the government?

Personally, I get very nervous thinking that classified reports containing desired outcomes, with or without operational details, should not be published in a general circulation newspaper. I am funny that way. Considering the tenacity of the Bush Administration keeping things secret from Congress, one wonders if this matter is actually an Administration joke or a plant to catch a spy? In any event these types of newspaper accounts makes me think that all is not well in the government.

July 24, 2007

U.S. Seen in Iraq Until at Least ’09

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

BAGHDAD, July 23 — While Washington is mired in political debate over the future of Iraq, the American command here has prepared a detailed plan that foresees a significant American role for the next two years.

The classified plan, which represents the coordinated strategy of the top American commander and the American ambassador, calls for restoring security in local areas, including Baghdad, by the summer of 2008. “Sustainable security” is to be established on a nationwide basis by the summer of 2009, according to American officials familiar with the document.

The detailed document, known as the Joint Campaign Plan, is an elaboration of the new strategy President Bush signaled in January when he decided to send five additional American combat brigades and other units to Iraq. That signaled a shift from the previous strategy, which emphasized transferring to Iraqis the responsibility for safeguarding their security.

That new approach put a premium on protecting the Iraqi population in Baghdad, on the theory that improved security would provide Iraqi political leaders with the breathing space they needed to try political reconciliation.

The latest plan, which covers a two-year period, does not explicitly address troop levels or withdrawal schedules. It anticipates a decline in American forces as the “surge” in troops runs its course later this year or in early 2008. But it nonetheless assumes continued American involvement to train soldiers, act as partners with Iraqi forces and fight terrorist groups in Iraq, American officials said.

The plan, developed by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the senior American commander, and Ryan C. Crocker, the American ambassador, has been briefed to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. William J. Fallon, the head of the Central Command. It is expected to be formally issued to officials here this week.

Spies and other interested in the plan can find the article, U.S. Seen in Iraq Until at Least ’09 - New York Times, here. 

What can YOU do?

Nothing. Just hope the military and the government know what they are doing and that any American citizen who would compromise the safety and security of the United States is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Consider asking your elected officials to make spying and other treasonous offenses punishable in a military tribunal which would eliminate the possibility of a plea bargain because the government may be reluctant to disclose "classified" information in open or closed civilian courtrooms.

Do not support or vote for elected officials who leak classified documents for personal, professional or political purposes.

-- steve

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