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Question: Didn't you tell the AP that you would aim to have U.S. troops out by the end of your first term?
—Washington Post interview, May 28, 2004
 But if we can't achieve a free election in four years, and if we can't achieve some kind of progress that sufficiently brings the Iraqi people out of the shadows and into the open to invest in their own future in that period of time, we're in trouble.
TODAY IN SLATE
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The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
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Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.