It appears that when other folks would wish a time line upon them, it would be politically beneficial to suggest it was "artificial." What exactly are they doing at the Whitehouse today and the next few? Hmmm...set a few "time tables?" What differntiates that from the "artificial" variety they have been balking at for so long?
You be the judge:
Q The Times story reported that top generals and Ambassador Khalilzad were crafting a timetable of sorts for disarming militia. Do you dispute the story --
MR. SNOW: No, the Iraqis themselves have set a timetable for trying to disarm the militia. They want to do so by the end of the year.
Q That's not what the Times is reporting --
MR. SNOW: I know. What the Times was reporting I think reflects the ongoing efforts of the joint committee. But the United States has not said, this is a date.
Q There's no crafting of a timetable going on right now among top generals?
MR. SNOW: I am sure that there is a crafting of timetables going on, drafting of goals --
Q To disarm the militia?
MR. SNOW: To work toward disarming the militia. That is something --
Q Can you give us a sense of what that might be?
MR. SNOW: No.