Saturday, 27 September 2008

Is this news, or slippage?

There may be more to the Independent's story that British troops will leave Iraq within a year than meets the eye. At first it looks like a rehash of claims last month, that troop levels will get down to a few hundred next year, following a fundamental change of mission.

But August's stories said this would happen by the end of spring and within nine months. The Indy is now saying that this will be achieved within a year from now and by next autumn. So it looks as if the story is not that troops will be reduced but that the reduction will be delayed again.

How clever of the MoD to move the goalposts like this.

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