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Posted: March 7, 2009 3:25 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2009 9:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (CA-25) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq:

"Today's announcement by the President to begin withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq is a true testament to the men and women serving in our military abroad, because with their fortitude Iraq has been stabilizing over the past year. Under the leadership of General David Petraeus and General Ray Odierno, our troops are proving success in their mission.

"While we are all eager to see our troops come home quickly, I am also encouraged by President Obama's willingness to be cautious and flexible with his timeline depending on conditions on the ground. Such redeployment moves by our military must be strategic in nature and not rushed in order to maintain the gains we have made in Iraq.

"I am confident the President will continue listening to our military commanders while making his decisions and will work closely with them throughout this process. Our service men and women deserve our highest gratitude for their success and service."



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