Here's a copy of the story ABC pulled: At least 50,000 troops in Iraq for 10 years
Raw Story reports:
ABC News has apparently pulled a [Martha Raddatz] story alleging that they had discovered US plans to keep troops in Iraq beyond 2009.
The story, posted around 8 pm Friday, was gone by Saturday morning. The link listed in Google News now takes a user to a default page not found.
"You've requested an ABCNews.com page that does not exist," the page says.
But before ABC killed it, the Freepers quoted it [DCOW]:
Plan one, which officials say Odierno is pushing, calls for a reduction in troops from roughly 150,000 today to 100,000 by December 2008.
Petraeus champions a slightly different approach that would cut the troops down to roughly 130,000 by the end of 2008, with further reductions the following year.
There is also discussion of how long U.S. troops will remain in Iraq. ...
A senior official said one long-term plan would have 30,000 to 50,000 U.S. forces in Iraq for five to 10 years beyond 2009.
But although Google's cache didn't have the story, Yahoo still had a link. Here it is:
Good to know, 'cause somehow I'd gotten the idea that something meaningful was going to happen in September.
NOTE And I'm sure that a sudden Saturday terror story has absolutely nothing to do with keeping this off the Sunday talkshows.