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Bush set to pull out 60,000 troops
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Growing political and public aversion to the war in Iraq is forcing the Presidents hand

PRESIDENT BUSH is planning a major pullout of US troops from Iraq amid rising opposition to the war on Capitol Hill and across America.

After a fortnight in which the political debate has rapidly moved from how to fight the war to how best to get out of Iraq, the White House is looking at reducing troop levels by at least 60,000 next year.

Confirming the worst fears of the wars conservative supporters, who argue that more troops are needed to defeat the insurgency, senior military officials made clear yesterday that the Bush Administrations goal is to cut troop levels from 160,000 to below 100,000 by the end of 2006.

Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, far from denying the withdrawal plan first reported in The Washington Post, said that a gradual pullout of troops could begin fairly soon, and that the number of coalition troops is clearly going to come down.

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  -Bush set to pull out 60,000 troops 54anickel  Nov-24-05 03:22 PM   #0 
  - Operation "Save the GOP House so we don't get Impeached" 2006. nt  onehandle   Nov-24-05 03:25 PM   #1 
  - Hey, I don't care why it's done, as long as it's done  Greeby   Nov-24-05 03:27 PM   #5 
  - There has to be some level  liberalnurse   Nov-24-05 04:16 PM   #17 
  - This was my first thought as well, it seems to be the "norm" for BushCo.  WePurrsevere   Nov-24-05 05:29 PM   #24 
  - I agree, wish the headlines would just say  Charles19   Nov-24-05 06:50 PM   #30 
  - Our continued clamour for withdrawel  VLenin   Nov-25-05 11:07 AM   #47 
  - Just think, if the Dems had raised this much hell earlier, some lives  cantstandbush   Nov-25-05 07:20 PM   #76 
  - I want us out of there but  dflprincess   Nov-25-05 09:16 PM   #82 
  - Do you think it'll work?  wryter2000   Nov-24-05 03:29 PM   #6 
  - It may not pan out the way Bush thinks....  cliss   Nov-24-05 04:54 PM   #21 
     - Exactly.  dogfacedboy   Nov-24-05 05:58 PM   #26 
     - And now we only have massive casualties to show for it.  goforit   Nov-25-05 06:07 PM   #73 
     - Withdrawal under fire: A very difficult maneuver to execute  Barrett808   Nov-26-05 12:49 PM   #89 
     - Operation Embarrass Democrats  joeunderdog   Nov-25-05 04:57 PM   #68 
        - Well, though it has bush's signature on it. Shows a flip-flopper!!!  goforit   Nov-25-05 06:08 PM   #74 
  - Too late to save his sorry ass.  banana republican   Nov-25-05 11:21 AM   #49 
  - This is why I love DU  Generator   Nov-25-05 02:16 PM   #65 
  - Does that mean he is a coward  BOSSHOG   Nov-24-05 03:26 PM   #2 
  - "Cowards Cut and Run"  bahrbearian   Nov-24-05 04:06 PM   #16 
  - Yeah, except the goal was to go under 100,000 by the end of 2004  alcibiades_mystery   Nov-24-05 03:26 PM   #3 
  - Not necessarily more killed  Ferret Mike   Nov-25-05 04:50 PM   #67 
     - The force will be increasingly unable to protect itself  alcibiades_mystery   Nov-25-05 09:29 PM   #84 
  - UM....Are The "Cutting And Running"  K8-EEE   Nov-24-05 03:26 PM   #4 
  - Cause they think they own  zidzi   Nov-24-05 03:29 PM   #7 
  - has anyone talked to Mean Jean?  ashling   Nov-24-05 03:30 PM   #8 
  - No, it's enlightened foreign policy statesmanship when Bush does it  bluestateguy   Nov-24-05 03:47 PM   #12 
     - and they will pair it with 'a RESPONSIBLE withdrawl'  Ouabache   Nov-24-05 10:18 PM   #42 
  - what happens AFTER the 2006 elections? Do the troops go  Mend   Nov-24-05 03:37 PM   #9 
  - My guess is that those 60,000 troops will be sent into Syria...  Media_Lies_Daily   Nov-24-05 03:38 PM   #10 
  - You're right! We're going to invade somebody who can't fight back  Barkley   Nov-24-05 07:50 PM   #36 
  - Looks that way to me as well  tatertop   Nov-24-05 10:20 PM   #43 
  - Is he cutting and running?  kentuck   Nov-24-05 03:41 PM   #11 
  - Not 'cut and run', just 'nick and skip' I guess  karlrschneider   Nov-24-05 03:49 PM   #13 
  - But I thought we were going to listen to the Generals on the ground?  MidwestTransplant   Nov-24-05 03:52 PM   #14 
  - Bush never has listened to the Gens on the ground. Only to Rummy.  cantstandbush   Nov-25-05 08:37 PM   #78 
  - Go ahead. Cut & run you cowardly, irresponsible, unpatriotic,  Kierkegaard   Nov-24-05 04:01 PM   #15 
  - "under pressure, a weakened bush caves to the libs"  meti57b   Nov-24-05 05:23 PM   #23 
     - Yes,  wicasa   Nov-24-05 07:47 PM   #35 
  - well, we all have to admit, either the number has to go way up or way down  truthisfreedom   Nov-24-05 04:18 PM   #18 
  - I hope this is true!  CountAllVotes   Nov-24-05 04:38 PM   #19 
  - I hope it is too! But junior is such a liar, I don't have much faith  0007   Nov-24-05 05:21 PM   #22 
  - Good...The dumbass should have never sent the troops in the first place.  Tight_rope   Nov-24-05 04:51 PM   #20 
  - 100,000 is still too fucking many  leftchick   Nov-24-05 05:48 PM   #25 
  - This is temporary spin.  fshrink   Nov-24-05 06:00 PM   #27 
  - Operation Guard Baghdad and the Oil...  Hyernel   Nov-24-05 06:01 PM   #28 
  - The only thing "clearly going to come down" is Bush's numbers  Lastlaughin08   Nov-24-05 06:25 PM   #29 
  - How dare he cut and run  rpannier   Nov-24-05 06:54 PM   #31 
  - Two things: Secret war (Cambodia) and war by private contractors  salin   Nov-24-05 06:55 PM   #32 
  - and you can bet it will be timed to maximize political gain.  spanone   Nov-24-05 07:19 PM   #33 
  - Hillary says we can't withdraw troops  wookie294   Nov-24-05 07:40 PM   #34 
  - 100K will stay to gaurd Amerika's oil.  Disturbed   Nov-24-05 07:57 PM   #38 
     - I was thinking the same thing.  A Simple Game   Nov-24-05 08:20 PM   #39 
     - Close.. but I don't think you're correct..  NeoConsSuck   Nov-24-05 08:27 PM   #40 
        - Sunoco buys Venezuelan oil.  louis-t   Nov-25-05 05:17 PM   #69 
  - Many will be relocated  Clara T   Nov-24-05 07:56 PM   #37 
  - "it's not America's oil, it's American Corporations oil."  Disturbed   Nov-24-05 08:42 PM   #41 
  - * is doing a Nixon  banana republican   Nov-24-05 11:44 PM   # 
  - dup deleted  banana republican   Nov-24-05 11:44 PM   #44 
  - Vietnamization is working!  TomClash   Nov-25-05 08:49 AM   #45 
  - noncommital  VLenin   Nov-25-05 11:04 AM   #46 
  - I'll believe it when I see it  meganmonkey   Nov-25-05 11:10 AM   #48 
  - U.S. already planning Iraq pullout, lawmakers say  sabra   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #50 
  - Talk about sending mixed messages; who to believe? nt  babylonsister   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #51 
  - Of Course They Would Say This Because It Makes It Look Like....  global1   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #52 
  - ding ding ding. right on the money.  sabra   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #53 
  - Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans  rocknation   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #54 
  - an '06 ploy?  cmutt   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #55 
     - Bingo!! "Give "cmutt" in the balcony a silver dollar!" n/t  Southsideirish   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #61 
  - Let me know when a Democrat says this, I don't believe anything...  Up2Late   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #56 
  - BS - There was no talk until John Murtha stood up for America  Lastlaughin08   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #57 
  - True - look at what they said when it was Feingold, Kennedy or Kerry  karynnj   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #58 
  - Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.  mzmolly   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #59 
  - Of course they're on their way out. As soon as  truth2power   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #60 
  - Don't change the subject!  54anickel   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #62 
  - Contrary to reports--and the opinions of some DUers--the American  Peace Patriot   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #63 
  - A short drawdown for U.S. election purposes.  daleo   Nov-25-05 01:20 PM   #64 
  - It'sa sleight of hand  catmandu57   Nov-25-05 04:18 PM   #66 
  - Thank You Thank You Thank You!  leftchick   Nov-25-05 06:10 PM   #75 
  - The better to attack Iran, m'dear.  DemCam   Nov-25-05 05:43 PM   #70 
  - Just a PR game to save them in 06'.....  Westpark1   Nov-25-05 05:50 PM   #71 
  - Bottom line the GOP has exposed their inept weakness all around.  goforit   Nov-25-05 06:04 PM   #72 
  - Didn't they increase the number of soldiers not too long ago?  Marr   Nov-25-05 07:34 PM   #77 
  - They do this with a straight face too!  0007   Nov-25-05 09:00 PM   #81 
  - Operation Kiss Lefty Bumb Bumb  stepnw1f   Nov-25-05 08:48 PM   #79 
  - Why does she hate America?  tblue37   Nov-25-05 08:49 PM   #80 
  - This is a Nixon trick this is to placate the people!!!  lovuian   Nov-25-05 09:20 PM   #83 
  - Exactly!  FrustratedDemInNC   Nov-26-05 12:13 PM   #86 
  - Sorry, but I'll believe when I see it.  devinsgram   Nov-26-05 11:18 AM   #85 
  - Flip flop  Mz Pip   Nov-26-05 12:17 PM   #87 
  - These must be the 60,000 *not* guarding the oil  orangepeel68   Nov-26-05 12:48 PM   #88 
  - All Or Nothing  bhuddaboy   Nov-26-05 07:19 PM   #90 
  - White House lays foundation for US troop withdrawal (AFP)  Up2Late   Nov-27-05 04:20 PM   #91 
     - they're lying, as usual....  mike_c   Nov-27-05 04:20 PM   #92 
     - Oil baby. They ain't leaving until the job is finished or never...  Feeney2   Nov-27-05 04:20 PM   #93 
     - I guess "stay the course" isn't test marketing very well anymore  tuvor   Nov-27-05 04:20 PM   #94 
     - LOL Karl, is this another one of your "brilliant" strategies?  Writer   Nov-27-05 04:20 PM   #95 

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