Debate Over Bringing Troops Home

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

The general in charge of the war in Iraq wants more time. Those are the words from General David Petraeus as he testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Some critics said, though, it's time for the Iraqi people to take over.

At least one Colorado lawmaker wants to see our troops out of Iraq within the next one to two years. "I'm looking for a constructive way to end this war," said Congressman Mark Udall, (D) Eldorado Springs.

“We won the war in Iraq. Now, we're refereeing a civil war. An outside country can't determine the outcome of a civil war."

However, General Petraeus told lawmakers last year's surge, which deployed an additional 20,000 U.S. troops to Iraq, resulted in a decrease in daily insurgent attacks. Now there are talks of reducing troop levels to pre-surge numbers.

“Upon the withdrawal of the last surge brigade combat team in July, we undertake a 45-day period of consolidation and evaluation," said Petraeus.

After those 45 days, commanders will evaluate if and when more troops could leave.

The proposed reduction of troops could be possible if President Bush shortens Army deployments from 15 months to 12. That announcement is expected later this week.


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