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Timeline for Iraq Drawdown Would Be Dangerous, Mullen Says[The Nationís Top Military Officer]
American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 22 July 2008 | By Fred W. Baker III

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 nation’s 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.

“We’re 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 doesn’t 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 can’t do it overnight.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dangerous; drawdown; foreignpolicy; iraq; mullen; timeline
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.

And how many Democrats think they know better?

1 posted on 07/27/2008 4:13:02 AM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House

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”.


2 posted on 07/27/2008 4:42:01 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

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.


3 posted on 07/27/2008 6:05:40 AM PDT by Son House ( Obama Did Not Earn Freedom, Does Not Appreciate Freedom, Will Not Protect Freedom.)
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