Commanders Create Iraq Accelerated Withdrawal Plans For Obama

January 15, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Commanders within the US Military have already begun putting together various withdrawal plans in Iraq, to hand over the President-Elect Barack Obama, who they suspect will not be happy with the timing of the current measures.

Each plan offers a speedier withdrawal then those previously created, allowing for more troops to be sent home within the time frame Obama promised during him campaign, by the end of 2010. However, even with these plans being created, Obama’s transition team, as well as Robert Gates, the head of his national security team, have promised that all angles are to be viewed before a decision is made.

While the campaign promises of a 16 month troop withdrawal may be one that might not be delivered upon, there are still workable plans to bring home at least 7,000 soldiers over the first six months of his presidency, with further numbers as preparations to increase efforts in Afghanistan move forward. Obama plans to double the number of troops in Afghanistan, from the 31,000 currently stationed, to 61,000.

Brooke Anderson, the spokeswoman for the Obama transition team, told reporters that all commanders and military officials would be heard before a plan for withdrawal was finalized, and that the President-Elect would use their expertise to create the most beneficial plan for our troops.

“We have had briefings from the Bush administration, including Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen, about current plans for Iraq and Afghanistan, and we appreciate the information that has been shared,” she said.

No official plans will be reviewed by Obama until after his inauguration on January 20th.


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