Friedman (Iraq War time unit)/all examples 2007

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One Friedman Unit, also known as "one Friedman" or "one F.U.", equals six months.[1]

See the main article for listing of examples by Thomas Friedman and/or listing of examples by member of Congress.

Also see all examples 2003 - 2006.

All examples: 2007

Name Occupation Quotation-in-context FUs Begin date End date
Condoleezza Rice U.S. Secretary of State "Well I think this will unfold -- I think in the next few months you're going to know whether or not this is working. They bring their forces in starting February 1st. They bring in another set of forces February 15th. And I think from then on you'll have a good sense of how this is unfolding. So it's not as if there's a date, at six months we'll know and then we'll have to do something dramatic."[2] ~0.5 - 1.0 January 8, 2007 April 2007 - July 8, 2007
Mary Matalin Republican strategist "[S]ecurity is an essential precondition for a political solution... But we will be able to know in the next six months, although the sustained effort has to take longer than six months."[3] 1.0-? January 10, 2007 July 10, 2007
Tim Russert Host of NBC's Meet the Press "Unless considerable progress is made in Iraq in a relatively short time, you will see Republicans crossing over and joining Democrats in challenging his Iraq strategy in a bipartisan way. This is a dead serious six months we’re approaching."[4] 1.0 January 10, 2007 July 10, 2007
Charles Krauthammer opinion columnist "And I think we ought to give him and the president the benefit of the gap — of the doubt, give them six months and see if it can be controlled."[4] 1.0 January 12, 2007 July 12, 2007
Condoleezza Rice U.S. Secretary of State "Well, I think this will unfold — I think in the next few months you’re going to know whether or not this is working. They bring their forces in starting February 1st. They bring in another set of forces February 15th. And I think from then on you’ll have a good sense of how this is unfolding. So it’s not as if there is a date, at six months we’ll know and then we have to do something dramatic."[4] ~0.5 January 12, 2007 April 2007
Jon Kyl U.S. Senator "The strategies that you’ve heard discussed here today are either strategies for failure–in other words, if we’ve already lost the war, then obviously we ought to be leaving today, not wait for another six months. … There are a whole variety of things that are added to this new strategy that should make it succeed."[4] 1.0 January 14, 2007 July 14, 2007
Michael E. O'Hanlon Brookings Institution analyst "Rather than deny funding for Bush’s initiatives, Congress should provide it now — but only for fiscal 2007 (meaning through September). By that point, or even the August congressional recess, we should know if the surge is showing promise."[4] 1.16-1.33 January 14, 2007 August - September 2007
General George Casey U.S. commander in Iraq "I think it's probably going to be late summer before you get to the point where people in Baghdad feel safe in their neighborhoods."[5] 1.0-1.3 January 19, 2007 late-August, 2007
Bill Kristol The Weekly Standard editor "It’s so irresponsible that they can’t be quiet for six or nine months and say the president has made a decision, we’re not going to change that decision, we’re not going to cut off funds and insist on the troops coming back, so let’s give it a chance to work. You really wonder, do they want it to work or not? I really wonder that. I hate to say this about the Democrats. They’re people I know personally and I respect some of them. Do they want it to succeed or not?"[4] 1.0 - 1.5 January 21, 2007 July 21 - October 21, 2007
John Boehner House GOP leader "I think it'll be rather clear in the next sixty to ninety days as to whether this plan's going to work."[6] 0.33-0.5 January 23, 2007 April 23, 2007
Bill O'Reilly Host of Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor "We can’t force these people to stop killing each other. They’re either going to do it or they’re not, but now they know. Now they know. They’ve got six months and that’s it."[4] 1.0 January 24, 2007 July 24, 2007
Norm Coleman U.S. Senator "Probably six months to a year, for everything. And I talked to some of my colleagues tonight, the military knows, I think they know, that they have to produce big-time over the next six months."[7] 1.0-2.0 January 24, 2007 July 24, 2007 - January 24, 2008
Ken Adelman former U.S. Ambassador to the UN "He said if by July 4th there is no progress made, 'then I will say it is hopeless.'"[8] 0.83 January 30, 2007 July 4, 2007
Lindsey Graham U.S. Senator "Here is what my take on things are. That in the next six months, they can’t take over security without American help, but in the next six months they can have an agreement sharing the oil revenue with the Sunnis. They can have local and provincial elections that would empower Sunnis and Kurds, and they could do a great step forward, in terms of disarming the militia. And they could help us fight Iranian agents within Iraq."[4] 1.0 January 31, 2007 July 31, 2007
Pat Roberts U.S. Senator "I don't think that this war can be sustained for more than six months if in face we don't see some progress."[2] 1.0 January 31, 2007 July 31, 2007
Robert Gates U.S. Secretary of Defense "And you may recall that when I was asked in the Senate Armed Services Committee how long I thought the surge would last, I said that I thought that, that there was probably no precise number by any means, that I thought those of us involved in the process thought of it in terms of months rather than 18 months or two years."[2] ~0.5-1.5 February 2, 2007 c. May - November 2007
John McCain U.S. Senator "I think in the case of the Iraqi government cooperating and doing what's necessary, we can know fairly well in a few months."[2] ~0.5 February 4, 2007 c. May - June 2007
Condoleeza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State (via Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense) "Mr. Gates said Tuesday that Ms. Rice had told him that her department needed six months to locate and prepare civil servants and contractors to send abroad [to expand the provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq]."[9] 1.0 c. February 6, 2007 August 6, 2007
David Brooks opinion columnist "The surge will either be successful by mid-August, in which case Republicans and Democrats will probably want to stay, or it will be unsuccessful, and Republicans and Democrats will probably want to go."[4] 1.0 February 23, 2007 c. August 15, 2007
Joe Lieberman U.S. Senator "I appeal to my colleagues in Congress to step back and think carefully about what to do next. Instead of undermining Gen. Petraeus before he has been in Iraq for even a month, let us give him and his troops the time and support they need to succeed... Gen. Petraeus says he will be able to see whether progress is occurring by the end of the summer, so let us declare a truce in the Washington political war over Iraq until then... We are at a critical moment in Iraq--at the beginning of a key battle." [10] ~1.0 February 26, 2007 September 2007
Top advisers to Gen. David Petraeus in Baghdad "An elite team of officers, leading experts in counter-insurgency" "the US has six months to win the war in Iraq - or face a Vietnam-style collapse in political and public support that could force the military into a hasty retreat."[11] 1.0 February 27, 2007 August 27, 2007
Michael E. O'Hanlon Brookings Institution analyst "There are good reasons to give the war effort, now almost four years old, another six to nine months before concluding that the current strategy should be discarded and a much different one…"[12] 1.0-1.5 March 1, 2007 September 1, 2007
Col. Bryan Roberts 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Brigade commander "...securing Baghdad's neighborhoods 'is a long-term project; there is no doubt about it. ... We're in it for the long haul. It's not one year and out because we have a new plan' ... it is not possible to assess the progress of the security plan until August [2007], and then it would take a good six more months to build upon our success and transition to the Iraqi security forces.'"[13] 1.5 March 9, 2007 February 2008
Jon Kyl U.S. Senator "ROBERTS: General Petraeus has said that he won't know if it's working or not until the middle part of August. Do you think that's a fair timetable for him to ask for?

KYL: Yes, I do. I was there about six weeks ago, and there were already some early signs of success. But, as he said, you're going to have bad days and you're going to have good days."[14][15]

~0.66 April 24, 2007 c. August 15, 2007
Susan Collins U.S. Senator On March 27, 2007, Collins said that if President Bush's strategy in Iraq did not show "significant results" by fall 2007, "then Congress should consider all options including a redefinition of our mission and a gradual but significant withdrawal of our troops next year." [16] 1.0, ~3.0 March 27, 2007 September 2007, 2008
Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno No. 2 U.S. Army commander in Iraq "The surge needs to go through the beginning of next year [2008] for sure... What I am trying to do is to get until April [2008] so we can decide whether to keep it going or not."[2] ~2.0 May 1, 2007 April 2008
Victor Davis Hanson opinion columnist "The war will be won or lost, like it or not, fairly or unjustly, in the next six months in Baghdad."<[17] 1.0 May 2, 2007 November 2, 2007
Jack Kingston U.S. Representative "As the war develops in the next two crucial months, the political solidarity may change."[18] 0.33 May 4, 2007 July 4, 2007
John Boehner House Minority Leader "By the time we get to September, October, members are going to want to know how well this is working, and if it isn't, what's Plan B."[2][19] ~0.66-0.83 May 8, 2007 September/October 2007
Norm Coleman U.S. Senator "There is a sense that by September, you've got to see real action on the part of the Iraqis. I think everybody knows that, I really do."[2] ~0.66 May 10, 2007 September 2007
George W. Bush President "I see it [September] as an important moment, because (Gen.) David Petraeus (the top U.S. commander in Iraq) says that's when he'll have a pretty good assessment as to what the effects of the surge has been."[20] 0.67 May 21, 2007 September 2007
James Moran U.S. Representative "September is the key. If we don't see a light at the end of the tunnel, September is going to be a very bleak month for this administration."[2][19] ~0.66 May 22, 2007 September 2007
Jalal Talabani Iraqi President "I think in the end of the next year [2008]."[21] 1.5 June 3, 2007 December 2008
Bill O'Reilly Radio talk show host (via The Huffington Post) "He would be giving the Iraq situation two more months or it's adios as far as Bill is concerned."[22] 0.33 June 20, 2007 August 20, 2007
Michael E. O'Hanlon & Kenneth M. Pollack Brookings Institution analysts "It’s basically saying nothing more dramatic than give it six more months or so, maybe nine more months"[23] 1.0-1.5 August 5, 2007 February 5, 2008 or May 5, 2008
Bill Kristol The Weekly Standard editor "So eventually, would we like to have a more competent and focused national government? Sure. But can we sustain this progress for the next six months or a year without much more from the national government? I think we can, actually."[24] 1.0-2.0 August 8, 2007 February 8, 2007 or August 8, 2008
Bill Kristol The Weekly Standard editor "... that the escalation in Iraq should be extended at least 'another six months' or even 'another year or so.' 'Is the cost of losing in Iraq great enough that we need to stretch our Army and Marines for another year or so,' asked Kristol rhetorically [on Fox News]. 'I think the President’s gonna make that decision.'"[25] 1.0-2.0 or ? August 24, 2007 February 24, 2008 or August 24, 2008 or ??
Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno No. 2 U.S. Army commander in Iraq "... if attacks on U.S. forces and Iraqi troops and civilians did not soar in the next three or four months, it might be possible to maintain security in Iraq 'with less [American] troops.'"[26] 0.5-0.67 September 5, 2007 December 5, 2007 or January 5, 2008
Lindsey Graham U.S. Senator "Within the next weeks, not months, there will be a major breakthrough on the benchmarks regarding political reconciliation. And after the last two weeks of being a reservist, you could see Sunnis and Shia and Kurds taking a second look at Iraq."[27] ~0.0-?? September 6, 2007 Any day now
Gen. David Petraeus Top U.S. commander in Iraq "...recommended that decisions on the contentious issue of reducing the main body of the American troops in Iraq be put off for six months" ... "too soon to present recommendations on reducing American forces ... because the situation in Iraq is in flux ... suggested that he wait until March to outline proposals on that question."[28] 1.0 September 9, 2007 March 9, 2007
Michael E. O'Hanlon Brookings Institution analyst "If you think there’s hope [in Iraq], there’s a very powerful argument in favor of trying to see what we can build on, what battle field successes at least we may have had this summer or this year so far. … But I think this is a very complex subject and could easily see myself changing camps in the next six to nine months."[29] 1.0-1.5 September 13, 2007 March 13 or June 13, 2008
Lindsey Graham U.S. Senator Graham "is willing to give the government of Iraq until Christmas to get its act together. ... But not much more. ... Graham told TIME ... that the Iraqi leaders have 90 days to start resolving their political differences with real legislative agreements or face a change in strategy by the U.S. 'If they can't do it in 90 days,' he said, 'it means the major players don't want to.'"[30] 0.5 September 26, 2007 December 25, 2007
John McCain U.S. Senator "Within some months from now, I would say in seven or eight months, if we continue to see the progress we’ve seen in the last eight months, I think Americans will be generally accepting that we are withdrawing and ceding more authority over to the Iraqi military and that we are achieving quote 'success'," McCain told the Nashua Telegraph.[31] 1.17-1.33 October 22, 2007 May 22 or June 22, 2008


  1. "Login required", Editor & Publisher. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Iraq Timeline: The Broken Record on 'the Next Few Months'," Center for American Progress, August 8, 2007.
  3. "President Bush Formally Unveils Plan To Beef Up War; House Approves Minimum Wage Hike; Iraq Will Likely Dominate 2008 Agenda", Transcripts - The Situation Room (January 10, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-03-18. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 "Time's Up on Escalation. They said ’six months’– six months ago…," Think Progress, 2007.
  5. David Cloud and John O'Neil (January 19, 2007). "U.S. general expects troop increase to end by summer", International Herald Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-03-18. 
  6. Sargent, Greg (Jan 24, 2007). "Boehner Sets Deadline For "Surge's" Success: Two To Three Months", TPM Cafe. Retrieved on 2007-03-18. 
  7. 24 wurzerc soucoleman (RAM).
  8. Peter Marcus, "Ambassador backs invasion," Denver Daily News, January 31, 2007.
  9. "Login required", The New York Times. 
  10. Joseph Lieberman, "The Choice on Iraq" (op-ed), Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2007.
  11. Tisdall, Simon (February 28, 2007). "Military chiefs give US six months to win Iraq war", Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved on 2007-03-18. 
  12. Michael O'Hanlon, Op-Ed: Wall Street Journal (Brookings Institution), March 1, 2007.
  13. Ann Scott Tyson, "General Seeks More Troops for Northern Iraq," Washington Post, March 10, 2007.
  14. Atrios, " Middle Part of August," Eschaton, August 18, 2007.
  15. American Morning (transcript), CNN, April 24, 2007.
  16. "On Timetables," Democratic Caucus's Senate Journal. Scroll down to Collins, Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2007.
  17. Fabius Maximus, "A Sampler of Quotes by the Good and the Great about the Iraq War," Defense and the National Interest, November 12, 2006.
  18. Charles Babington, "Congressional Republicans increasingly worry about Iraq war," Associated Press (via Boston Globe), May 4, 2007.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Dan Froomkin, "Four More Months?" Washington Post, May 8, 2007.
  20. "Bush: September an 'Important Moment' for Iraq," May 22, 2007.
  21. "Talabani Says Iraqi Troops Will Be Ready ‘Next Year,’ After Making Same Promise Two Years Ago", Think Progress (June 3, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-05. 
  22. Steve Young, "O'Reilly Gives Bush Two Months To Get Iraq Right: The COUNTDOWN Begins," The Huffington Post, June 20, 2007.
  23. Matt Corley, "O’Hanlon And Pollack Call For Another ‘Six Months Or So’ In Iraq," Think Progress, August 6, 2007.
  24. "Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol reports on his recent trip to Iraq, and wonders why the New Republic is doubling down on the Beauchamp fake story," Hugh Hewitt /, August 8, 2007.
  25. Matt Corley, "Kristol: Let’s ‘Stretch Our Army And Marines’ For ‘Another Year Or So’ In Iraq," Think Progress, August 24, 2007.
  26. Tina Susman, "General: A troop cut is possible. The No. 2 commander cautions against withdrawing too soon, but says that unless militant attacks rise, some forces could be pulled out," Los Angeles Times (Baltimore Sun), September 5, 2007.
  27. "Graham: We’re ‘Kicking Ass’ In Iraq, Political Reconciliation Likely ‘Within Weeks’," Think Progress, September 7, 2007.
  28. Michael R. Gordon, "Delay Decision on Major Cuts, Petraeus Says," New York Times, September 10, 2006.
  29. Satyam Khanna, "O’Hanlon: 'I Could Easily See Myself Changing Camps’ On Iraq ‘In The Next Six To Nine Months’," Think Progress, September 13, 2007. Includes video.
  30. Michael Duffy, "Lindsey Graham's Iraq Deadline," TIME Magazine, September 26, 2007.
  31. "McCain: ‘Seven Or Eight Months’ More Until We Can Start Iraq Withdrawal," Think Progress, October 23, 2007.

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