"About 100 Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders, many of whom will run in the election on Dec. 15, signed a closing memorandum on Monday that "demands a withdrawal of foreign troops on a specified timetable, dependent on an immediate national program for rebuilding the security forces," the statement said." NY Times
President Bush pardoned the national turkey today. Some other bird will die in its stead.
In Cairo the "Reconciliation Conference" sponsored by the Arab League under the leadership of that great friend of the United States, Amre Moussa (not), adjourned calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.
The turkey’s pardon lay upon the table in plain sight for all to see.
"In Washington, Justin Higgins, a State Department spokesman, said, "The United States supports the basic foundation of the conference and we certainly support ongoing discussion among Iraq’s various political and religious communities."
But regarding troop withdrawal, he said: "Multinational forces are present in Iraq under a mandate from the U.N. Security Council. As President Bush has said, the coalition remains committed to helping the Iraqi people achieve security and stability."
So… The turkey evidently does not want a pardon.