February 27th, 2009
02:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Democrats voice concerns on Obama's Iraq drawdown plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/27/iraq.dems/art.pelosi.gi.jpg caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has questioned the need to keep 50,000 troops in Iraq until 2011."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Democrats have expressed concerned over President Obama's plan to draw down nearly two-thirds of U.S. forces in Iraq by August 2010, while some key Republicans are offering praise.

At issue: Obama plans to leave between 35,000 to 50,000 residual forces in the war-torn country, serving in a training or advisory role to the Iraqi military.

All U.S. troops have to be out of Iraq by December 31, 2011, under an agreement the Bush administration signed with the Iraqi government last year. There are currently 142,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, recently cited concern that the residual force Obama is planning to leave in Iraq is too large.

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  1. Cali Girl

    OBAMA SUPPORTER February 27th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

    I voted for Obama because

    1) he said he will pull our troops out of Iraq within 6 months in the office – now he says 19 months


    First of all if you are not going to vote for him again, then you might want to change your screen-name. Your not really a supporter.

    Secondly, if you had really listened to Obama during the campaign, you would have heard a promise of 16 months, that's 16 months, not 19.

    February 27, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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