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2011? Did We Say 2011? Administration Officials Backpedal on Afghan Withdrawal

Gen. David Petraeus: "There’s no timeline, no ramp, nothing like that."

As administration officials touted the President’s new Afghanistan strategy on the Sunday political talk shows, they underscored that the U.S. troops may not be coming home in 2011:

Gen. David Petraeus: " There's no timeline, no ramp, nothing like that." [Fox News Sunday]

National Security Adviser James Jones: "It is not a cliff. It is a glide slope. And so certainly, the President has also said we are not leaving Afghanistan." [CNN State of the Union]

Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Well, first of all, I don’t consider this an exit strategy. And I try to avoid using that term. I think this is a transition." [ ABC This Week]

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