Let the Lindsay Graham Countdown Clock Commence
At the Great Orange Satan (thanks Atrios) diarist Bhagamu points out that yet another war enabler’s declared deadline is pending. On September 26, 2007, Sen. Lindsay Graham, rug collector (not at all like Trent Lott is a rug collector), stated:
"If they can’t pull it together in the next 90 days," he said, "I don’t think they are ever gonna do it." He followed that prediction with a promise: "If they don’t deliver in 90 days, I will openly say the chances for political reconciliation are remote." …
Though he would not elaborate on what kind of plan he would push if the Iraqis fail to meet the deadline, Graham did say a change in strategy would be warranted. "If they can’t do it by the end of the year," he said, "how do you justify a continued presence?"
So "half a Friedman" (must Atrios coin all the phrases?). As Bhagamu elaborates, this means the deadline occurs on Christmas Day.
How’s that coming so far?
Iraqi legislators suspended parliamentary sessions yesterday until the end of the month to mark the Muslim religious season – the end of much-delayed efforts to pass U.S.-backed legislation aimed at achieving national reconciliation this year.
When not engaging in amazing discount carpet purchases, Senator Graham is big on predicting stuff. He clearly has the pulse on the Bizarro Universe Iraq where the mortars fire "Bush Rules" T-Shirts and we’re greeted as Liberators. It was, after all, Graham who stated in early September…
Within the next weeks, not months, there will be a major breakthrough on the benchmarks regarding political reconciliation.
When will Graham be asked to say ‘Bad-Bye‘?
(picture from Hyoga)