BBC The reconciliation plan

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June 25, 2006 5:03 p.m.

BBC: “The “reconciliation” plan announced on Sunday by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is part of a grand strategy by the Bush administration to stabilise Iraq – or to stabilise the perception of Iraq – in advance of the mid-term elections for Congress in November. Other parts of the plan are an insistence that democracy has arrived in Iraq and must be supported, a refusal to set any date or timetable for a total withdrawal of US troops (presented as a weakness), yet with a suggestion that a reduction might start soon as the effort to transfer responsibility to Iraqi forces gathers pace.”

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