(CBS News) South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday called for a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq, and warned that pulling American troops out in 2011 would seriously jeopardize progress there.
Graham also argued that providing State Department contractors with military equipment after the withdrawal of American troops would be, essentially, creating “a mini State Department army” – and that it was the “wrong strategy.”
“I’m deeply concerned,” Graham said, of the situation in Iraq, during a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We’re inside the ten yard line in terms of finishing job in Iraq. In 2011 all [American] troops are supposed to leave.”
This article is approx. a month old, but the concern expressed has become all the more relevant since Bin Laden’s death and the Iraqi Al-Qaeda’s declared allegiance to his second in command.