Pentagon now plans longer stay in Iraq for US soldiers
The NY Times reports that US troops are to stay in Iraq longer than originally planned. The article does not specify whether a date has been set for their departure. It does note, however, that the Bush administration expects countries like France to pitch in troops for peacekeeping.

The Bush administration's idea that it can "punish" France while simultaneously expecting it to help the US is interesting. It smacks entirely of the schoolyard bully mentality. It remains to be seen if the French care to go along with this script.

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