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Obama on Iraq Timetable: There's Always a Plan B

4:41 PM, Mar 2, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Last week, before delivering his address on Iraq at Camp Lejeune, President Obama met with members of the House and Senate leadership, Vice President Biden, Secretary Gates, and Admiral Mullen to discuss his plan for withdrawal. Following the meeting, Congressman John McHugh (R-NY), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, was encouraged by the president's pledge to revisit his plan if the situation in Iraq changes.

"I told him this [plan] is something we should all pray for and work toward," McHugh recounted during an interview with TWS this afternoon. "I cited some data with respect to intelligence and some of the remaining problems and asked what his position was with respect to revisiting his accelerated timetable should violence erupt again and should things begin to erode."

"We need to ensure that we don't lose the hard fought battles now going on the last six years," McHugh recalled telling Obama. "The president noted that as commander in chief he took those hard fought gains very seriously and he'd do everything he needed to do to maintain them and that he indeed would revisit his plan should circumstances change."

Obama told McHugh: "There's always a 'plan b.'"

McHugh cautioned that the president did not specify exactly what he would do if the situation deteriorates. "He did not get into details. ... He said he would reevaluate that timetable. He didn't promise he'd change it."