Skip to comments.Timeline for Iraq Drawdown Would Be Dangerous, Mullen Says[The Nationís Top Military Officer]
Posted on 07/27/2008 4:04:06 AM PDT by Son House
Setting a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq would be dangerous, and troop reductions there should continue to be made based on security conditions on the ground, the nations top military officer said July 20.
President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki this week agreed to set a general time horizon" for bringing more U.S. troops home from the war, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview on Fox News Sunday, but he added that to his knowledge, the agreement does not include specific dates. I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard, he said.
The admiral stressed his view that troop-strength decisions must be conditions-based, but said he wants to see more U.S. forces come home. I think the strategic goals of having timed horizons are ones that we all seek, he said, because eventually we would like to see U.S. forces draw down and eventually all come home, he said.
Though he said he worries that a rapid movement of U.S. forces out of Iraq could create instability, Mullen said he found during a trip there two weeks ago that security conditions were better than he expected they would be, and that could mean more troops can come home if the trend continues.
If conditions continue to improve, I would look to be able to make recommendations to President Bush in the fall to continue those reductions, Mullen said.
With the return home this month of the last surge brigade, commanders will spend the next several weeks assessing post-surge conditions in Iraq, including political and economic progress, before making their recommendations concerning future troop levels.
Were engaged very much right now with the Iraqi people, Mullen said. The Iraqi leadership is starting to generate the kind of political progress that we need to make, [and] the economy is starting to move in the right direction.
The admiral said he doesnt know if that means more troops could be home by the end of this administration in January. Logistics and other security details would factor into that, he explained.
There is a physical challenge with respect to moving troops around, he said. You just cant do it overnight.
And how many Democrats think they know better?
If Senator Reid is capable of “feeling stupid”, he’s doing a lot of it right now. I’ll bet he hates hearing the word “Iraq”.
Just to pile on, Biden was the only Democrat candidate that even a semi grip of reality when it comes to the Military. Krock Obama had one day in Iraq, never left post, and seems to know-it-all, what a crock of feces.
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