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

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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.

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  1. Shirley In California On The Fence Re Obama

    Finally, some real news. I don't personally care if the Iraqi's are ready or not WE NEED TO LEAVE! Does Obama not understand people are out of work and starving? Enough is enough. Our troops need to come home and start to live again. I am so getting disgusted with Obama. If he doesn't quit avoiding black people (until he wants our votes) and bring these troops home, I am totally through with him and I'm sure I am not the only one.

    June 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Neilz

    Federal troops will male a symbolic withdrawal. But as soon as our mercenaries cry for help, they'll be back. We are a very long way from exiting the quagmire wrought by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Powell.

    June 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. robert

    take our troops out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Larry

    We'd better withdraw on the 30th of June. That was one of Obama's campaign promises.

    The recent violence has nothing to do with our withdrawal. If we stayed there another 10 years on year 11 the violence would escalate.


    The violence over there now is an intranation war. It's gone on since the beginning of time and we're not going to stop it, I don't care how many of our young people die there.

    June 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. MBFLA

    Let's start planning to bring the troops home from Afghanistan and Pakistan too. Thanks to the last administration and a new administration that is apparently mimicing the last, we are succeeding in killing civilians and making enemies. And the point is?

    June 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Will Iraq ever be ready enough for us to pull out troops out? Probably not.

    June 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Zero.

    This is a Joke! There will be no withdrawal...

    June 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Invisible Ink

    Friendship with all, entagling alliances with none.

    A non-interventionist foreign policy is ultimately the only way to ensure the security of any nation, especially ours.

    All of our troops, not just those in Iraqi cities, should be withdrawn for all foreign soil wherever they may be.

    The United States of America should opt out of all alliances and the U.N. Only fight if attacked and don't presume to be the world police force.

    All foreign aid, especially weapons sales, should be halted.

    Pride comes before the fall. It's past time for Americans to get over themselves and treat honestly with any nation that extends a hand in friendship.

    June 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. nick in san diego

    Thanks CNN for disguising your advertisment for "State of the Union" with John King as a Political Ticker news story!

    June 26, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. GW Bush Can Hold Down The Fort

    Who cares about the Iraqis, get out of there. Don't backtrack now. We have more important things to do than to prop up George Stupid Worst President Ever Bush's war.

    Make him go over there and hold down the fort. He's the moron.

    June 26, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Dan

    Did I miss something? Did the President say that we would not pull our troops out of the cities, as scheduled? Why are some of you bashing him for doing something he hasn't even done. I believe that the President fully understands that we could stay there for 100 years, and they would still be killing each other. I believe that the President will live up to his campaign promises, and get us out of there. If he doesn't, then I will express my displeasure with him.

    June 26, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. to bad

    To bad palin didn't go missing. It will make thins a lot easier in 1212 if she does.

    June 26, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. John


    1. Expenditure on Wars is Draining Out our Economy.
    2. There is no Point going after Terrorist all over the World.
    3. Terrorists don't attack us from other Countries, They infiltrate inside our country and attack us. We need to have a better homeland security.
    4. Going after Terrorists in other Countries is more Expensive and puts our Troops in Harms Way.
    5. None of the 9/11 Terrorists were from Iraq, rather the terrorists were from Countries that are Friends of US. Pakistan is the Headquarters of all Terrorists. London Subway bombing was also carried out by Pakistan Terrorists.

    June 26, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. D. Tree

    The violence is designed to keep us there – our troops have done their jobs, its time to bring them home and let the politicians do theirs!

    June 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. anthony

    Shirley your an idoit, he looking out for everyone. He didnt go into office saying i am going to help only blacks. he has more minorities in his whitehouse than the last 3-4 presidencies combined.

    ALso he is not to blame for economic woes, bad policies, weak law enforcement and us and you,me, and everyone that writes on these thing talking about ecomony. Stop buying forein product and car cause they are cheaper. Buy only american and until you do that and support what made here please leave stupid comment in cali, where your gov. broke the state.

    How about let get our troops home because they are getting killed. money comes and goes. can never replace a life

    June 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Emma

    Let's let Iraq handle their own conflict. Staying in Iran too long would be like making another huge misstep, the first one being the onset of the war in Iraq. Traditionally, the US Imperial minds say military interventions are necessary in the pursuit of freedom. But what has been accomplished in Iraq that has merited the cost in dollars and lives?

    June 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Shirley in CA........ Really???

    If he doesn't quit avoiding black people (until he wants our votes) and bring these troops home, I am totally through with him and I'm sure I am not the only one.

    Really, come down off the ledge. Please tell this black person how Obama is avoiding black people. President Obama is president of all the people in the country...... black, white, brown, yellow, Rep, Democrat.......

    June 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. B.H.

    Stay with the withdrawal!

    As far as the idiots having affairs; it is not about having sex, it is throwing your trust and judgement out the window. That is what you elect people for and they don’t have any.

    An airline pilot might be able to- fly the airplane- just great, but if he or she has bad judgement, people will probably get killed sooner or later..

    June 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. David

    @Shirley In California
    The June 30 deadline is part of the plan to remove the troops over the course of 19 months. In his campaign, Obama said he would bring them back in 16 months. After the election that was changed to 19 months based on expert advice from commanders on the ground. I think 19 months is close enough to 16 to be reasonable. President Obama is doing what he said he would do and you are complaining?

    June 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Claudia in Houson

    The U.S. military aren't babysitters. These Iraqis are acting like children when their parents leave home but they are grown adults, it's time to cut the "apron string".

    June 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Bush's war. McCain wants us in Iran NOW.

    June 26, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. tarheel

    It's time for Obama to bring our troops home so we can have an honorable peace like we had when we withdrew our troops in Vietnam.

    June 26, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    I think Ensign needs to be investigated. He's FEDERAL and used money to double his girlfriend's salary and pay her husband and their son.

    He needs to resign. 50 states do not need that.

    SC can get rid of Sanford if they want. That is only ONE state.

    June 26, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Ron

    These comments show that the Democrats have once again withdrawn into their isolationist shell, pretending that if we just don't go to war that nothing will impact us here at home. Come-on baffoons!! That is exactly what this country tried to do during the run-up to World War II. We're repeating the same mistakes and eventually we will have to get re-engaged, except this time, it will be worse because we will have allowed the extremists to take over countries from which they can launch their hatred. Isolationism never works.

    June 26, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. w.l. jones

    We need our troop in Iraq for quite a while longer for the sole purpose to subudise there economy untile they can stand on ther own.

    June 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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