General Petraeus testifies in Washington...

Behind The News
April 9, 2008 1:04:53 PM PDT
No one would accuse the military of rushing into a decision about Iraq. After five years of invasion and occupation, who among us doesn't think that the moment the U.S. pulled out of Iraq, any appearance or semblance or order in that country would quickly dissolve.

For those who support the war, that is the main issue. For those against, it's not; getting the U.S. out is.

The question was Topic One on Capitol Hill today, as the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, testified to Senators that he wanted an "open ended" suspension of troop withdrawals this summer. A batch of 20,000 troops head home in July -- that leaves 140,000 in country, and that number, said Petraeus, should stay stagnant.

The hard truth came not from Petraeus but from the Iraqi ambassador to Washington, who today said that U.S. troops can't really withdraw as long as there isn't a viable Iraqi security force.

We'll have reaction to the Iraq developments on Capitol Hill, and reaction from the campaign trail, tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Marvell Scott (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

Bill Ritter