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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:49 am 
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Pentagon Prepares for Iraq Pullout

Military commanders have begun to develop a contingency plan for Iraq that envisions a drawdown of troops. The strategy is based in large part on American history in El Salvador, and will focus on training locals rather than supplying the main force.

Los Angeles Times:

American military planners have begun plotting a fallback strategy for Iraq that includes a gradual withdrawal of forces and a renewed emphasis on training Iraqi fighters in case the current troop buildup fails or is derailed by Congress.

Such a strategy, based in part on the U.S. experience in El Salvador in the 1980s, is still in the early planning stages and would be adjusted to fit the outcome of the current surge in troop levels, according to military officials and Pentagon consultants who spoke on condition of anonymity when discussing future plans.

But a drawdown of forces would be in line with comments to Congress by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates last month that if the “surge” fails, the backup plan would include moving troops “out of harm’s way.” Such a plan also would be close to recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, of which Gates was a member before his appointment as Defense Department chief.

A strategy following the El Salvador model would be a dramatic break from President Bush’s current policy of committing large numbers of U.S. troops to aggressive counterinsurgency tactics, but it has influential backers within the Pentagon.



If Bush/Cheney don't like this plan, they'll just fire Gates and find someone else who is more in line with their way of thinking....meaning "urge with a surge."

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US House panel approves Iraq withdrawal plan

A Democratic Party bid to force withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq by September 2008 at the latest passed its first hurdle Thursday, after a showdown in a key congressional committee.

The Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives voted to retain the deadline in a provision in President George W. Bush's 120 billion dollar budget request for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Republican minority in the House had opposed the move, which also threatened to compel withdrawal even before September next year, if Bush cannot certify benchmarks for progress are being met in Iraq.

The full House was expected to debate the measure next week.

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