Tony Snow vs. Petraeus on Troop Reductions | Talking Points Memo

Surely this counts as a new land speed record for dropping something down the memory hole.

Tomorrow, President Bush will endorse the Petraeus plan for removing five Army surge brigades by July 2008. He’s going to portray that incremental reduction as the spoils of victory. Just yesterday, however, Gen. Petraeus conceded that “the string is going to run out” on the deployments of the surge brigades by the summer, and since the active-duty Army doesn’t have any more available brigades to send in relief and the reserve component (the National Guard and Army Reserve) is overtaxed as well, the surge just has to come to an end — unless the Pentagon is willing to extend active-duty deployments even further, which Secretary Gates pledged in April not to do.

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