The article "White House explores Iraq policy compromise" at http://article.wn.com/view/2007/06/25/White_House_explores_Iraq_policy_compromise/
states "The Los Angeles Times cited unnamed officials as saying President George W. Bush had authorised an internal policy review to find a plan that could satisfy opponents without sacrificing his top goals. Some senior administration officials - including Defence Secretary Robert Gates and UN ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad - had been quietly talking with legislators about how to adjust policy in the months ahead, the paper said.
Among other ideas, they had discussed whether the US should advocate a sharply decentralised Iraq, a notion that had seen a resurgence on Capitol Hill. "
W likes talking on FOX because they give him the questions in advance of the interview and allows Rove to whisper the answers into the pile of excrement's ears.
That was then when W had political capital. Now he's inching closer to "Tricky Dick" lows of polls and power and "Some top officials, including Mr Gates, have appeared less enthusiastic about the current "surge" of 30,000 troops. And in recent weeks, they have begun considering a partial drawdown as early as the first quarter of next year.
This is the GOP way. Get surrogates to broach the subject. See how the public reacts. Rove will poll it and when it seems that the populace is just completely overwhelmed with apathy or they have become so callous that they've lost the disgust that compassionate people would possess, then W will speak some words that won't sound like a flip-flop, but will be.
The article "Blast could derail a key Iraqi alliance" at
states "Five sheiks and a political official supporting the arming of Sunni Arab tribes to fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq were among 12 people killed Monday in a massive bomb blast at a heavily guarded Baghdad hotel.
The early afternoon attack risked derailing an emerging alliance between Sunni Muslim tribal leaders in long-restive Al Anbar province and the country's Shiite Muslim majority the day after a key round of negotiations to formalize their relationship with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's government."
Amid the broken glass and blood congealed on the floor, Chalabi worried about the effect of the killings on the Sunni tribes that had reached out to the government.
"This is a message from the terrorists to all the leaders in Al Anbar, Abu Ghraib [a town near Baghdad] and Diyala [province, northeast of the capital] who want to come to terms with the situation and negotiate with the government; they are vulnerable and in easy reach even when they are in one of the most secure areas in Baghdad," Chalabi said.