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Sen. Clinton seeks Iraq withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prodded the Pentagon Wednesday to plan quickly for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq a politically loaded contingency that military leaders have avoided discussing.

The Democratic presidential candidate, whose recent statements have made her own position murky on when the bulk of U.S. troops should leave Iraq, urged top military brass in a private meeting and a public letter to detail how they would bring forces home.

The New York senator met privately with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace late Tuesday, and sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging military leaders to begin such planning if they haven't already.

The move by Clinton follows word from Baghdad that Iraqi military officials are drawing up plans for the possibility of a withdrawal of U.S. forces, and a failure by congressional Democrats to muster enough votes for legislation forcing a timed withdrawal.

Clinton now wants the Pentagon to brief lawmakers on their withdrawal contingency plans.

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Added: May-23-2007 
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  • I hope all the E-Jihadists hold their breath...

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  • : "You have no idea how eagerly I await that....we are ready and waiting.
    Posted 32 mins ago by "*ArbiBarayev""


    and i submit to you sir, that we are not alone. there are many out there ,as i have said before, quietly preparing for what needs to be done. there is no other way. it does me no good and i get no joy out of saying these things but what must be done, will be done. for too long we have looked the other way, while our country was stolen from us and now our troops ar More..

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  • Hillary is a lier.

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  • Its called running like rats trying to salvage some dignity. Thats what happens when you let dickless chainey and other fools plan the war. This war was lost the day the US decided to play oppressors.

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  • The UK will be out by the end of the year.

    We are handing areas back to the Iraqis even though they are not ready.

    The UK has had enough of fighting Israel's wars

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  • peanut2112, well stated. I agree with you that peace is possible if given enough time. Collin Powel should have been our Defense Secretary. However, he would not have agreed to the invasion of Iraq because he knew that we were not prepared. When enough preparation is done, then you can execute such a risky operation. Collin Powel was little coward in a way that he knew things will go bad and he resigned.
    Then, we wasted too much time and money for the last four years. For those you who might co More..

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  • withdrawal in order to prepare the next one (with support of her daddy) ?

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  • For those who forgot. They couldn't wait to get republicans out and Jimmie Carter in. Oh yes unemployment went to 15%, a new car or home loan was 18%, and if you were cleaning toilets you could quit cause no work elsewhere. 400 plus hostages in Iran and much more. I predict this if Hilary gets in. Just wait and listen- lowering the deficit,that means more taxes for poor and middle class. Raising taxes on the rich- that means the rich will raise the prices even more and we the poor and middle cla More..

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  • American people gave democrats majority in Congress and a mandate: Pull out american troops from Iraq

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  • Hell, even her husband dont have anything to do with her! Send her to Iraq to fix things, you know what happens to women over there, especially ones like her! Muslims really treat their women nice...NOT!

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  • LOL Finally some sense,yep agree with Hilarry for once ,Leave iraq ,Now!!

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  • I think Billary and all you half-wit twits that support its politics should go live in Iraq for a while after we'd pull our troops out. Good, bad, its a broken country ... fix it.

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  • chikyloren: "American people gave democrats majority in
    Congress and a mandate: Pull out american troops
    from Iraq"


    Hardly a mandate. If that were so, wouldn't Lieberman have lost to the anti-war guy? Why don't the dmeocrats have the votes, if its a so called mandate?

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  • It's fun to play the "popular" game while you're an ineffective Congress that can't pass a super-majority. It's all politics man. If Hitlery wins the election, the tune will change: "We must honor our commitments to the Iraqi people, blah blah." All you sheep are blinded.. America committed itself to the Iraq War. You think the Bush's and Clinton's are so different?

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  • antichrist2007: "LOL Finally some sense,yep agree with Hilarry for
    once ,Leave iraq ,Now!!"


    Please explain to me how that will be good of the US or the Iraqis?

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  • Leave iraq today you will be back there in 10 years :)

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  • Dronetek: "
    : "Quoted comment by chikyloren: American people gave democrats majority in Congress and a mandate: Pull out american troops from Iraq "
    Hardly a mandate. If that were so, wouldn't Lieberman have lost to the anti-war guy? Why don't the dmeocrats have the votes, if its a so called mandate?"
    Don't bother with logic. They'll have none of it their hatred for Bush makes them so f-ing blind.

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  • : "For those who forgot. They couldn't wait to get republicans out and Jimmie Carter in. Oh yes unemployment went to 15%, a new car or home loan was 18%, and if you were cleaning toilets you could quit cause no work elsewhere. 400 plus hostages in Iran and much more. I predict this if Hilary gets in. Just wait and listen- lowering the deficit,that means more taxes for poor and middle class. Raising taxes on the rich- that means the rich will raise the prices even more and we the poor and middle class will pay their taxes not the rich. You will hear Health Care for everyone it won't happen. More..



    what i am trying to say among other things, is that parties(republicans, democrats).. make no difference. they are both the same. they pretend to be different in order to fool you and i and make you think we have a choice. we do not.....we have not had a choice in a long time. it is a grand scheme and a grand design. our power to vote is a joke. it long ago has been compromised. is it any wonder that as we vote and as we vote in people who we think can make a difference, nothing of importance ever happens and nothing good ever happens. things continually get worse and worse. all the while we as americans argue and complain. our democracy as it is now, is a joke. it is a false freedom. we live in the matrix, yet we do not know it. we see things we believe are real, but they are not real. such as it is in 21st amerika. until the people wake up and realize that we are just treading water, and things continue to get worse and worse, all the while while we live in a false economy propped up by false money and false debt, and we fight wars against false government created enemies who are created to make the rich , richer and the poor poorer, all the while killing the dupes that stream into their local armed forces induction centers, full of what can be called , a false patriotism. it is time , my friends , for a change.......a real change, founded upon real choices......it is time for the third great american revolution......nothing will ever change for good now.......this beast is out of control full of itself in its power and glory.....in order for change to happen, we must inact that change....and we must do it soon......for the good of amerika......for the good of this world......for the good of mankind....we must return to our constitutional roots and live our lives the way, many of our founding fathers wanted us to....we can and we must.

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  • Dronetek: " Please explain to me how that will be good of the
    US or the Iraqis?"


    Well it won't help the US I'll tell you that, but the heck with what the US wants. Either way the US has little to gain because as long as the US is there, Iraq won't be stable.

    For the Iraqi's there will be stability soon, kind of like what happened in Vietnam. The government won't be democratic (the chance for that is lost now), but there will be some sort of stability and that means a lot for th More..

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  • Facetious for Kicks: "
    Tell me Shahid, honestly, who do you
    think is best situated to make the withdrawal
    decision? (Serious question, no sarcasm here)."

    Well I think that is an interesting question. What would happen if the U.S. withdrew? I think the Government would hold; or at least it would not fall to the Takfirists (salafist Jihadis). The salafists have enough men, money, and training to be a serious insurgency, but taking over a nation is something else. They would need a big More..

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  • It seems as if the Iraqi government ought to make that decision...not the cowardly moojis...not the population...not the Defeatocrats...THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT. When they say leave, we should leave.

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  • It's also worth noting that the planners of the invasion (neo-cons mostly) had envisioned an open ended occupation that would last as long as the U.S. footprint in Germany. Large military bases and the world's largest embassy would ensure strategic control of the region and of course put the U.S. right near the oil of Iraq and Saudi Arabia -- the purest most extractable oil on Earth and the Earth's most vital strategic asset. I'm sure some have not given up this dream, and they will likely find More..

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  • the only way we will ever leave iraq or anywhere else is when we americans have a honest to goodness home grown rebellion and this corrupt government is removed by force....this is the only way now.......no more talk, no more discussion...i am sorry but this is the only way now, baring a direct intevention from the Most High God. We americans are lazy and stupid and are not paying attention to what has happened in this country for the last 100 years. ladies and gentlemen, we have continued to ba More..

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  • Who does this bitch think she is?!!! The military is under the direction of the Executive Branch whether she likes it or not!!! This bitch is trying to usurp the powers of the Executive Branch!! It's unconstitutional and she should be charged with a crime.

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  • Facetious for Kicks: "It seems as if the Iraqi government ought to make
    that decision...not the cowardly moojis...not the
    population...not the Defeatocrats...THE IRAQI
    GOVERNMENT. When they say leave, we should leave."


    The Iraqi government like any government is there to represent the people and thats the contradiction in your post. A government that doesn't represent the people ain't a government. Even dictators usually represent the country and people.

    Most of the Iraqi gover More..

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