GOP Leaders see Sept. as Critical in Iraq Debate

Despite assertions by Pentagon brass that they won't really know by September whether the troop surge is working, the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill still sees that month as critical.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expect that Iraq policy after September will be based on the reports delivered that month by the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was grilled Friday about suggestions that the Bush administration might be moving the goalpost for Iraq.

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