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