January 13th, 2009
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton says withdrawal of troops from Iraq 'top priority'


Clinton made her case to be the next secretary of state Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq would be a "top priority" of President-elect Barack Obama's administration.

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Clinton's comments came as she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for her confirmation hearing for the position of secretary of state.

During her testimony, Clinton said the withdrawal would occur "in the context of the status of forces agreement" that the Bush administration recently signed with the Iraqi government that requires the removal of U.S. combat troops by 2011.

Clinton, however, acknowledging a "difference in timing" with the Iraqis, says the administration hopes to remove U.S. troops from cities and villages by June.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. aware

    Don't pander to Pelosi, Reid and PEBO Hillary!

    You have the wisdom they all lack! 🙂

    January 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. David

    She's a joke. That's a good one, Hillary.

    January 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Jack, KY

    Hillary will make a great secretary of state.

    January 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. PJP in OK

    Look at that picture! She sure looks old!!

    January 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Brad - California

    Hmmm, we can afford to continue paying for and bailing out Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, and the American financial institutions, but we can't do anything for Americans. Pathetic.

    January 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Yeah, so did Barack Obama....big deal.

    January 13, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Sue

    Does this mean that the financial slowdown in USA is less important than closing our involvement in Iraq which war has already been won?

    January 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Amen, bring our boys home

    Bush has messed this up so bad, our men need their families, get them home to a hero's welcome

    January 13, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. shoegazer

    What they are laughing about in this picture is what you can't see....
    John Kerry just asked Nancy Pelosi to pull his finger.

    January 13, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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