Saturday, August 30, 2008

Future U.S. Troop Levels In Iraq

General David Petraeus And President George Bush

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, has given his military superiors and Defense Secretary Robert Gates his initial recommendation on when to resume a U.S. troop withdrawal and at what pace, a senior military officer close to the process said Friday.

The officer, who spoke to The Associated Press only on condition that he not be identified, said Petraeus was still analyzing the situation and had not yet submitted a final set of recommendations. That is expected to happen within the next week or so, but there is no firm deadline.

The officer would not provide any specifics of Petraeus' initial recommendation. He was granted anonymity because of the sensitivity of Petraeus' deliberations and because they are not completed.

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My Comment: Everything now has a timetable. General Petraeus's troop recommendations will be a validation of the improving security situation in Iraq.

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