Top Commander Downplays Impact Of Escalation, No Significant Effect ‘Until Summer Or Fall’

President Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq has begun and, barring an intervention from Congress, over 20,000 more U.S. troops will soon be in the crossfire of a brutal civil war.

The top generals on the ground are trying to keep expectations low. Yesterday, Gen. George Casey, the outgoing top U.S. military commander in Iraq, warned that it is “going to take time” and no one should evaluate the impact of the plan until “summer or Fall.” Watch it:

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ANNOUNCER: Meanwhile, the U.S. troop surge ordered by President Bush is underway and for the if the first time, we’re hearing about a timeline.

CASEY: I think you will see a gradual evolution over the next two to three months and things get better through the summer and fall. It’s going to take time.