Nancy Youssef at McClatchy reports that the top U.S. civilian and military officials in Iraq, Amb. Ryan Crocker and Gen. Ray Odierno, have given the White House their assessments of U.S. troop withdrawals that would take 16, 19 and 23 months. Odierno’s predecessor as commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, who now commands all U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia, helped as well. According to Youssef’s sources, the option don’t come with explicit recommendations for President Obama, but instead list the team’s assessments of the pros and cons.
Mid-March is supposed to be the point at which Obama makes his decision. His aides said he wanted to see a variety of options in order to reach the right one — you know, like an adult — but is inclined toward the 16-month withdrawal strategy he developed during the campaign.
Crossposted to The Streak.