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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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Ken from missouri

    Nancy your not the president so quit your complaining the president
    is looking out for the whole country not just your district plus you don't even know what your talking about know wonder house republicans don't want to deal with you I wish we could get you removed as speaker of the house !!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. gary, gpp

    Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    February 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Down

    When is her reelection?

    February 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. no corporate politics

    So taking "ALL" of the troops out: 30,000 – 50,000 left there out of 142,000. He is leaving ONE THIRD of the troops there.

    I know he covered his *** during the campaign by sort of disclosing this quietly. But come on – would you have rushed to vote for him if he had told you straight up? : "I am only bringing home 2/3 of trrops from iraq and sending that many to Afghanistan?"

    He benefitted from his preppy wordy confusing lawyer speak. See? No one followed what he was saying!

    February 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Lu

    I love Obama, but she scares me.....

    February 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. steve

    Another broken promise by Obama. I am regrettng my vote for him more each day.

    February 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Laverne

    I don't recall Nancy Pelosi running for president and winning. Nancy you need to simmer down and get in your own lane!

    February 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. dont drop the soap Georgie

    Looks like the crooks that work for haliburton are here..

    February 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. mike

    "George Bush made Pelosi seem like an old crazy woman"

    mmm she is an old crazy woman.

    February 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. DazedAndConfused

    I see the "surrender decriers' are out in full force today. Not enough blood to satisfy you chickenhawks yet?

    February 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Rob

    Wa, wa, wa. The fact that Pelosi is control of ANYTHING more than a television remote is a crime. If only there were enough intelligent people in her district to vote her out.

    Of course in 2010, when the Republicans regain control, Pelosi will be railroaded out of town. And I'd line up just to wave as this sanctimonious, stupid, idiotic excuse for a human being goes by.

    Nancy Pelosi – Washington D.C.'s village idiot.

    February 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. David

    I don't know why he has been saying the same thing for over a year. Let me quote him “I will leave a force there to train and protect America interest. And we should be more careful getting out as we was careless going in.” So if the Dems are having problem they just wasn't listing.

    February 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. RZA

    Pelosi may be disappointed, but the thousands of servicepeople that get to come home definitely won't be-

    Suck it up, Nancy. It's better than the John McCain 100 year plan.

    February 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Frost

    I love our President.. why.. he doesn't try to make everyone happy.... he just does the right thing...

    To all Republicans... America won't take NO anymore

    you said NO to us..
    we say NO to you..
    get in line.. the unemployment line..

    February 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Tired of the Drama

    Someone should tell Pelosi that she is not in charge of the nation. Pelosi needs to crawl back in her hole and let the course of events take place.

    February 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Obama - Nothing Great So Far

    Obama should listen to experience people. He hasn't done anything great except giving good speeches. People are realizing that voting for someone who talks good but lacks knowledge is wrong. His plans will never work and that is dangerous for America.

    February 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. eric

    Pelosi is a disgrace. She makes W's popularity look high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. USA

    Hey....All you people who practically had a coronary over the prospect of Sarah Palin being second in line for the Presidency - How do you really feel about this fruitloop Pelosi being THIRD in line for the throne?

    February 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    Miss Nancy where was your concern when you voted with Bush to send them to war, when Cheney got his buddies at Blackwater and Halliburton no bid contract. If the Generals on the ground are fine with it, you need to get along missy. This is not the issue to pretend you're not going to rubber stamp what the President wants. You couldn't stop Bush, don't pretend there is anything you can do about it now. Lots can change in 19 months, maybe the Iraqis wil tell us to leave completely.

    February 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Lotta Muni

    Bush fueled post 9/11 fear and anxiety coupled with a faulty connect the dots argument based on false intelligence to trick us into goin to war, just as Obama has fueled fear and anxiety over the cureent recession to advance the Democratic party's surrealistically bloated spending proposals. Pelosi has zero credibility ith me, and a good deal of the american people. I am reluctant to go along with anything she proposes or supports, even if it turns out that I agree with her. We're in for a bumpy 4 years. I hope it isn't 8 years.

    February 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Rick Sutter

    Pelosi is just a crazy old woman. Ignore her and she will go away.

    February 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Rick Sutter

    Nancy (I know better than the Pope) Pelosi?

    February 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Adele

    Haliburton is still in the game. They don't want to loose money by Obama withdrawing troops from Iraq.

    February 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Adele

    Nancy you are not the president. Keep your mouth shut.

    February 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Tony

    That's what the big scare was. Pelosi! repubs genearally are on the POTUS' side. It's Pelosi and Reid that are crazy. Italian-American, Pelosi is crazy, just ask your own party.

    February 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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