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Obama Pledges to Revisit Iraq Withdrawal Plan if Situation on the Ground Changes

9:45 AM, Feb 27, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Peter Baker reports:

Republicans emerged from a White House meeting more supportive than several key Democrats, who complained earlier in the day that the president was still leaving behind too many American forces. Mr. McCain said during the private meeting that he thought the withdrawal plan was thoughtful and well prepared, according to several people in the room. His spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, confirmed by e-mail Thursday night that Mr. McCain is "supportive of the plan."

Another key Republican, Representative John M. McHugh of New York, the ranking minority member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he was reassured by Mr. Obama that he would revisit his plan if circumstances on the ground change.

"The president's objective to withdraw U.S. combat forces from Iraq is one that we should pray for, plan for and work toward," Mr. McHugh said. "However, I remain concerned that the security situation in Iraq is fragile and we should work to mitigate any risks to our troops and their mission."