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IT'S BEEN less than four months since President Bush unveiled his 'strategy for victory' in Iraq, but already he could use a Plan B. U.S. policy, reiterated by Mr. Bush in his radio address yesterday, has been based on the notion that an Iraqi national government will emerge from December's elections and gradually gain strength, defended by the new Iraqi army and a diminishing number of U.S. and allied troops. But three months after the election, there is no new Iraqi government. The political impasse in Baghdad is so great that the new parliament will not meet by today's constitutionally mandated deadline, and there is no indication when or even if there will be agreement on a prime minister.

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