Mullen worries about troop withdrawal timeline

July 20, 2008 1:00:51 PM PDT
The Pentagon's top military officer says a fixed timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq could put political and economic progress at risk.Admiral Mike Mullen says the best way to determine troops levels is based on conditions on the ground. He tells "Fox News Sunday" that current U.S.-Iraqi talks of a "general time horizon" are the right way to go. He adds that they "all" share the goal of bringing all U.S. forces home.

Asked about the possibility of withdrawing all combat troops within two years, Mullen says "the consequences could be very dangerous."

The Joint Chiefs chairman also expressed concern about what he called a "porous border" between Pakistan and Afghanistan allowing al-Qaida and Taliban insurgents to join forces and find safe havens.

On possible fallout from any conflict involving Iran, Mullen says the U.S. is fighting two wars right now and doesn't "need a third one."


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