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Hagan: Leave Iraq withdrawal up to generals

Posted February 19, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Thursday she still supports pulling troops out of Iraq but said she would leave the decision to the military officers in charge.

Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, toured Fort Bragg Thursday morning and participated in a video teleconference with Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the post's commanding officer who currently is second in command of U.S. forces in Iraq.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan at Fort Bragg Hagan supports pulling U.S. troops from Iraq

Hagan said Austin told her troops are training Iraqi police and soldiers and that the number of improvised explosive devices troops have encountered has gone down "tremendously."

President Barack Obama has pushed for withdrawing most U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months and redeploying forces to focus on the war in Afghanistan. This week, he announced plans to deploy another 17,000 troops, including Marines from Camp Lejeune, to Afghanistan.

Military leaders have asked for extending the time-line for an Iraq withdrawal to 23 months.

"I'm going to leave that to the generals in charge," Hagan said. "I think they're doing a very good job. I think (the withdrawal) also depends not only on what we do but also on what the Iraqis do and their timetable.

"I do see us withdrawing troops," she said.

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  • dogman1973 Feb 20, 2009

    hereandnow99--- If we let soldiers run the show, like we did with the cowboy who just left office, it's just war, war, war.

    Well, if you let politicians run the theater from the warrooms in Washington DC, you will have another VIETNAM on your hands! That's what you liberals want---for us (the military) to fail and lose every time!

  • Life-goes-on. Feb 20, 2009

    Keep the change Kay. Anybody can ride the fence. " I will let you know" !!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 20, 2009

    I'm sure the military is the best at fighting stragedy. No doubt. But, politicians tell the military to go to war. Am I missing something here? My point is that politicians tell the military to "GO!", so they should also tell them "STOP!".

  • jgriffith3792 Feb 20, 2009

    discowhale, thank you and your sons for your service to our country. Great post.

  • discowhale Feb 20, 2009

    hereandnow99,
    your dead wrong. Why would the military volunteer to put themselves in harm's way? That goes against human nature. What's the payoff for going to war?

    I don't want a military dictatorship, but as a veteran, trust me, professional military people are far more thoughtful about consequences than politicians will EVER be. No one ever died on the floor of the Senate or House because of a bad idea or it's consequences. They're immune for the most part.

    And BTW, both of my sons have been over there. 99.9% of the troops, airmen, sailors and grunts believe in and support this mission. You need to find someone who's been there and find out the truth about the Iraqi and Afghani people. Not the the overall war, or the MSM or politician's rhetoric, the oil, or the religions involved. The people.

    At the heart of it, America goes to war to protect people. Our leaders aren't always truthful about this. But the warriors are.

    They don't go to JUST kill or be killed.

  • Subdivisions Feb 20, 2009

    Change we need baby. Love it.

  • affirmativediversity Feb 19, 2009

    she has no position on the matter or any matter

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    Harry Reid hasn't told her what opinion to have yet...or else he's told her in a letter...and we all know she doesn't read her mail...

  • affirmativediversity Feb 19, 2009

    How nice of Kay Hagan to mosey into North Carolina... HEY, while you're here why don't you ANSWER YOUR PHONE AND MAIL (oh,, sorry, you've already LEFT)!

    What, WRAL...no one could ask her WHY SHE DOESN"T ACKNOWLEDGE CONSTITUENT'S COMMUNICATIONS????

  • BIGDAWGShouse Feb 19, 2009

    she has no position on the matter or any matter

  • NCPictures Feb 19, 2009

    "Politicians got us into this war. Politicians should get us out. What does the the military know about the politics of world affairs? Their job, including that of the generals, is be a good soldier & take orders from their leaders. The politicians. Politicians write the checks and make the decisions. If we let soldiers run the show, like we did with the cowboy who just left office, it's just war, war, war." ---hereandnow99

    You obviously have no knowledge on how the military works. The LAST thing ANY soldier wants is to go to war. And Generals are rather intelligent people with a lot of education on strategy.

    I would trust a military person over a politician ANY day!

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