September Looms as Iraq Watershed

Legislative, military timetables converge with fiscal year
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2007 8:18 AM CDT
September Looms as Iraq Watershed
U.S. marines and Iraqi soldiers on patrol the Shiite district of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, May 8, 2007. U.S marines and and soldiers and Iraqi soldiers searched a neighborhood for weapons and explosives. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)   (Associated Press)

September is likely to be put-up-or-shut-up time for supporters of the Iraq war, legislators from both parties tell the Washington Post. Gen. David Petraeus has said he will have a sense of whether the surge is working by then, and lawmakers want a clearer picture of America's future involvement before the fiscal year begins October 1.

September also coincides with Ramadan. If the now-traditional wave of Iraqi violence recurs this year, it will be hard for the administration to argue that increased troop levels are having an effect. "There is a sense that by September, you've got to see real action on the part of Iraqis," says Senator Norm Coleman, a Republican. (More Iraq stories.)

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