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The Time Is (Perpetually) Now

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ever since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the coming months have always been crucial and critical:

"You only have about the next six months."

Sen. Joseph Biden Jr. (D-Del.), Nov. 21, 2005

"We've got, I think, six months."

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), Nov. 17, 2005

"This is a critical time in Iraq."

National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, Nov. 10, 2005

"We are entering a make-or-break six-month period."

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Oct. 26, 2005

"The developments over the next several months will be critical."

Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, Oct. 5, 2005

"The next months will be critical."

U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton, Aug. 4, 2005

"I think the next 18 months are crucial."

Retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, July 18, 2005

"I think the next nine months are critical."

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, June 29, 2005

"I will say unequivocally today that what the administration does in these next few days will decide the outcome of Iraq."

Kerry, Jan. 30, 2005

"The next few months will be critical."

Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), July 22, 2004

"Iraq now faces a critical moment."

President Bush, May 24, 2004

"The next six to seven months are critical."

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Dec. 1, 2003

"The next three-to-six months will be critical."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sept. 10, 2003

"We may be going through a series of weeks and months that are crucial."

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), July 10, 2003

"I think the next few months will be crucial."

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), July 3, 2003

-- Dana Milbank

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