The Bush administration is to be commended for signing a status-of-forces agreement with the Iraqi government that would require all U.S. combat troops to withdraw from Iraq by 2011 [news story, Nov. 18]. However, there is still significant disagreement and confusion about how long a withdrawal would take. On Monday, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that removing the 150,000 U.S. troops and equipment from Iraq would take "two to three years." This is not the case.
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