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Barack Obama says they want our troops out of Iraq in two years and Iraq says it does to as long as there hasn't been an increase in violence.
The Iraqi Government released a statement saying that it's hopeful conditions on the ground will allow American troops to lead by 2010.
The chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff strongly warrants against setting a specific time line.
I think the consequences could be very dangerous in that regard.
Convinced at this point in time that.
Coming making reductions based on conditions on the ground.
So how and when it will our troops come home with me now -- the Senate's Republican whip Jon Kyl from Arizona thanks for being with and you've -- So it has anything really changed I know I know that you know Americans want our troops home.
But we don't want to have everything we've done their go to waste so -- exactly are you seeing anything different in what was said it today vs what our plan has been.
No -- just said it exactly right you do not want the great gains that have been made primarily because of the search.
To be squandered by leaving.
Al-Qaeda has essentially been defeated the sectarian violence has essentially been stopped.
And of the Iraqi Government has met the conditions that we intended for them to -- Now while that situation pertain -- you don't want to immediately begin your -- down giving the Iranians and al-Qaeda an opportunity to come back again.
At a at a point when the Iraqis are not yet ready to do it all themselves everybody agrees it would be great to be out in two years.
But the key difference between what Senator McCain believes and -- what the Iraqi Government believes on the one hand.
And what Senator Obama has steadfastly said is.
That on one hand you need to make sure that the conditions on the ground warrant.
Additional draw down of American troops.
That's what the Bush Administration also believes.
Obama on the other hand has always had absolute sixteen months.
No conditionality that -- And even the Iraqi Government -- no we wanna make sure the conditions on the ground justify it.
Although people on his campaign have said well if when he becomes president that of course he would consult with everybody on the ground -- that it might change.
Now I want to play sound bite from a Senator McCain because there is this question about.
What was it that has brought us to this point was -- the search was McCain.
The major point -- years Senator Obama could not have gone to Iraq as you did.
It because he opposed the surge -- wish this surge that succeeded it was -- surge that's.
That that is what that is winning this war.
All right so let's say the search works things stay the same and we are able to start bringing our troops out of Iraq.
It now sounds and I know that that Senator Obama has said he'd like to send at least two divisions.
Up right over into Afghanistan but it sounds like we're simply going to be shifting our focus from Iraq back to Afghanistan is that accurate.
Partially but first of all we've already drawn down five brigades in other words.
We're down to roughly the same level we were before the search -- we've taken those troops out now.
The question is how much further can we go and I think everybody believes we will be able to go down further but let's make sure that the conditions on the ground warrants it.
And to your point I am sure that some of those troops.
We'll be redirected to Afghanistan or to put another way our troops -- ordinarily would have come back into Iraq.
We'll probably -- be diverted to Afghanistan because more troops could be used there.
What you hear in the politics business you know the one of the arguments is -- Senator Obama has said this is an occupation that we're in in Iraq.
On the other people say no this is a war on terror that must be one.
What about Afghanistan what what's your.
What what's your understanding of the feeling of the government in Afghanistan -- they want us back to they want more of our soldiers -- on their territory in their country.
Karzai who is the leader -- in Afghanistan.
Has been very supportive of US policy in fact he's been very critical of the Pakistani government next door.
For its unwillingness to help the United States and Afghanistan deal with a lot of these terrorists.
Who were hanging of hanging out in Pakistan just across the Afghan border.
So he's been very very supportive of our efforts and I think the the Afghans would be very pleased if we can get some additional troops in there to help stabilize the situation in Afghanistan.
It's only been relatively recently that the Taliban in Pakistan -- begin coming across the border in these numbers and and created the problem there.
And so fortunately at about the time were able to begin withdrawing more troops from Iraq is the time when it's probably propitious for us to get more into Afghanistan.
Senator Jon Kyl thanks very much thank thank you.
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