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

Democrats voice concerns on Obama's Iraq drawdown plan

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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. Ralph in NJ

    That old bag needs to be run out of DC, and she can take Obama and Biden with her.

    Ha ha.

    February 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Ray Fisher

    Pelosi's record as a Bush Baby rubber stamping his wishes exclude her from criticizing President Obama's handling of the wars. She is neither qualified nor respected for her judgement on anything. The President is doing great without her input!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Michigan Millionaire

    Here's a Republican, non-Koolaid drinker, who actually agrees with Obama on this one. I still think he's taking the ship of state in the wrong economic direction, but if he didn't stand up to Pelosi's crazy ideas we'd be resting on the sea bed.

    February 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Todd

    No wonder he has held up to his promise to UNITE the Dems and Repubs....His own party has yet to agree with anything that he's thrown out there – Budget, War efforts, etc.....

    It's just great that the Dems are running things now...4 more years, 4 more years – until we're all speaking Chinese!

    February 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Mat

    I'm a Dem' but I honestly can't stand this woman – during the state of the union address she looked like one of those spoiled kids at school who'd finally won the spelling B and everyone had to know about it –

    She needs to calm down – crazy woman

    February 27, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Lee

    Pelosi is a bafoon. She thinks that she is the ONE. No BHusseinO is the precious ONE.

    As a small business owner that had to lay off some people, I decided to walk the employee parking lot to see who had Obama bumper stickers on their cars. Those are the people that were laid off. They wanted change, they got it. Change you can believe in.

    February 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    gary, gpp February 27th, 2009 3:10 pm ET
    Sarah Palin is an idiot
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    This article is about Nancy Pelosi, not Sarah Palin! Why the obsession? You libs cry when she is in the news and then bring up her name in articles that have nothing to do with her. Make up your minds!!!
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    Al, California February 27th, 2009 3:07 pm ET
    Democrats should have resisted the invasion. Only 23 senators voted against that authorization of force. Now, when finally Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld will be in court and hopefully in prison for starting Iraq invasion
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    Al, That includes all Dems who voted t fund the war too (Clinton and I believe Obama too), right? Or do you want to have it both ways? Wouldn't those who funded the war be accessories to this alleged crime?

    February 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Bamadogg37

    Pelosi you need to pick one side or the other and stay with it. You will say or do anything that gets your mug on the national news. Your not in California anymore so your words mean zero. You have a new boss and you need to learn to keep that mouth of your close from time to time, or he next time we she your face on the news. You will be on a plane heading back home.

    Let President Obama do his job.

    February 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. marlene

    Speaker Pelosi actually said, she is interested in hearing President Obama's reason for the residual troop number, if it is 50,000. If you are going to report the news as fact, get the facts correct. Marlene in Mich

    February 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Rose

    Butt out Pelosi, you are a disgrace. She is trying to act like the President. Her authority as speaker has gone way over her head.
    Please San Franciso vote her out of office, she has one big mouth and usually puts her foot in it.

    February 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. 2010

    While I appreciate the independent thinking of Democrats, President Obama always said he would listen to the commanders on the ground when settings goals on a responsible withdrawal from Iraq.

    Many Americans appreciate his pragmatic, centrist positions and trust the president will make any necessary adjustments as conditions permit.

    February 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Karen- PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT

    WTH... it's about time.

    February 27, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Michael

    Looks like Pelosi is not happy with her boy in the Whitehouse. Come on Pelosi, give Obama a break. He did support and run point for the big spending bill you wrote and claimed was a stimulus bill. At least let him look like he is running the country or else you will make all his supporters feel bad.

    February 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Angie in Pa

    Pelosi Knock it Off Already Back off the President Hes doing a Good Job!

    February 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. gt

    if the average democrats want the rest of america to back pres. obama , they need to get rid of pelosi and reid , those two will never rally americans , they are both sour , old , and narrow minded , the president is trying to work with all of america not just the far left base of the democrat party... country first party second ,,,,,

    February 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. ron

    steve you never voted for him. Your a republican agent pretending you had balls and voted for the right guy.

    February 27, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. RJN

    I know how we can end the Iraq war quicker, send Pelosi to Iraq!!!
    We will be kicked out so fast we don't need to leave any troops
    Al-Queda will surrender immediately as long as we take her back.

    Obama needs to watch his back with Pelosi, she is more lethal than dynamite.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Matt

    I agree with big Ed if the people in the loop are good with it then she should be too. She needs to remember it is President Obama not Pelosi.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. jared

    since pelosi is from san fransisco her place in congress is secure based on the way them people vote this is painful she is ol hat. part of that ol school of washington schemers and fake politics. part of the demise of this country.

    February 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Concerned in MA

    Conservatives have George W. Bush as their poster child for birth control.

    Liberals have Nancy Pelosi as theirs.

    February 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. lexthebomb

    Taxpayers are becoming more aware of what Congress is trying to do,
    to sway our Commander In Chief's decisions in the best interest of the
    troops and our country. President Obama has taken a hot torch from
    President Bush on the Iraq War, which will be reduced to a flicker, by a
    Peace Keeping Force, that will protect the new democracy of Iraq.

    February 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Reese from NC

    President Obama did exactly what he was supposed to do. He looked at the information available and made the most of it. He is keeping his promise it will just take 3 months longer. He never said all the troops would be out in 16 months, just combat troops. Democrats like Pelosi and Reid need to calm down. They have had this extra power for a little over a month and it has already gone to their heads, especially Pelosi. I think she needs start drinking decaf like Santelli. The democrats don't want to end up like the republicans. It is okay to diagree with the President, but stop making mountains out of molehills.

    February 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Joe Cool

    Did anyone mention that 92,000 of the 142,000 troops will be coming home?? I think that's "drawing down responsibliy"...

    February 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. RW

    Say it isn't so! Pelosi, not humbling herself to the dynamic and all-powerful Great O. Careful, liberals...don't want the rest of the country thinking that there can be more than one opinion on things. Personally, I think this is Bush's fault...and I have no idea why I'm saying that. Oh no, reading liberal stupidity is making me say it!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Devon Spencer

    He has said we need to be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in – she needs to learn when to just be quiet.

    February 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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