June 26th, 2009
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Top U.S. commander to discuss withdrawal deadline

 General Raymond Odierno will be on State of the Union with John King this Sunday at 9 a.m. Eastern.
General Raymond Odierno will be on State of the Union with John King this Sunday at 9 a.m. Eastern.

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(CNN) - Two days before the U.S. military's scheduled pull-out from Iraqi cities, the top U.S. commander in Iraq will provide details of the withdrawal on Sunday's "State of the Union with John King."

A recent spike in violence in Iraq has raised concern whether the Iraqis will be ready to take over the security void left by the U.S. troops' Tuesday departure.

But General Raymond Odierno, who will give a live progress report from Baghdad on Sunday, has said that the U.S. is "absolutely committed" to withdrawing troops on June 30.

Also on Sunday's "State of the Union", Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minnesota, will discuss the fallout from the recent revelations that both Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, and Gov. Mark Sanford, R-South Carolina, have been having extramarital affairs.

Plus, two Ohio Republicans seeking election, senatorial candidate Rob Portman and gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, will examine the future of the Republican Party.

And B.P. Founder T. Boone Pickens lays out his energy plan that he claims will save the country billions of dollars and help pull the country out of recession.

Have a question for one of our guests? Email StateOfTheUnion@CNN.com. Tune in at 9 a.m. Eastern on Sunday to see this week's "State of the Union" report.


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  1. Tatianna

    To Shirley In California, You freely gave your vote to Obama and skin color was your deciding factor. Please do tell how Obama is avoiding black people and exactly what did you expect he would do for blacks. Obama flip flopped many times on his plans for Iraq (campaigned on what Americans wanted to hear for votes.) As we now discover, campaigning is a lot easier than governing. Its tempting to believe he will bring all troops home from Iraq. Remember he said he would leave some residual troops but didnt state how many or their mission. Obama cant afford to let Iraq slip back into chaos, either, since Bush handed him an almost finished victory there. Losing Iraq would be a disaster for Obama, at home and abroad. Dems have learned nothing since Nam war and their about to prove it all over again.

    June 27, 2009 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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