Congressional leaders from both political parties are giving President Bush a matter of months to prove that the Iraq war effort has turned a corner, with September looking increasingly like a decisive deadline.
In that month, political pressures in Washington will dovetail with the military timeline in Baghdad. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commanding general in Iraq, has said that by then he will have a handle on whether the current troop increase is having any impact on political reconciliation between Iraq's warring factions. And fiscal 2008, which begins Oct. 1, will almost certainly begin with Congress placing tough new strings on war funding.
The end of September is also the end of the fiscal year, so I believe the Dems should pass a no-strings funding bill until that time, but I believe that from then on, there will be the kind of bipartisan support to get this debacle over with that Bush will become completely isolated and unable to stem the tide.
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