A Sunday New York Times analysis noted that, for the first time, "the Bush administration is beginning publicly to discuss basing American troops in Iraq for years, even decades to come, a subject so fraught with political landmines that officials are tiptoeing around the inevitable questions about what the United States' long-term mission would be there."
Meanwhile, in today's NY Times, the paper gets its hands on some internal military assessments indicating that the surge is not working as well as hoped. "Three months after the start of the Baghdad security plan that has added thousands of American and Iraqi troops to the capital, they control fewer than one-third of the city's neighborhoods, far short of the initial goal for the operation, according to some commanders and an internal military assessment."
Meanwhile, the L.A. Times says "Democratic congressional leaders … plan a summer of repeated Iraq-related votes designed to force Republican lawmakers to abandon the White House before the fall. At the same time, antiwar groups are expanding their campaign to pressure GOP incumbents in their home states." Dem Cong. Leaders, "whose efforts to force a withdrawal from iraq were stymied last month, plan a summer of repeated Iraq-related votes designed to force Republican lawmakers to abandon the White House before the fall."