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Stakeout With Secretary Rumsfeld After Appearance on ABC

Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
November 20, 2005
Stakeout With Secretary Rumsfeld After Appearance on ABC

            Q:  -- increased over the withdrawal, has that changed your mind in any way about what to do in Iraq?

 

            RUMSFELD:  Well no.  We have a strategy and a plan and we're implementing it and it's working and there's an election coming up December 15th and we've been passing over responsibility to the Iraqis and we'll continue to do so.

 

            Q:  Can you tell us again what your plan is?  When are the U.S. forces pulling out of Iraq?

 

            RUMSFELD:  The President has answered that repeatedly. He has said properly that it's condition based and the conditions are improving continuously.  We're currently up around 160,000 troops.  We expect to be down to 138,000 after the election which was our baseline, and then as conditions permit the Coalition forces will continue to pass over responsibility to the Iraqis in an appropriate way.

 

            It's good to see you all.

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