Axelrod: Obama Will Give Out of Iraq Command on Day One

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 18, 2009 9:53am

In our interview this morning on "This Week" incoming White House senior adviser David Axelrod told me that this Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama will call in his military commanders to ask them to come back with a plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq in 16 months.

"That was something that he’s consistently said," Axelrod said. "He believes that that is a reasonable timetable. We’ve moved a great distance from the time he started talking about that. And now we’re in an area where everyone agrees that we should be on a path to withdrawing those troops. And he is going to begin that process as promised on that day."

"He’ll give the command?" I asked.

"Yes," Axelrod said.

–George Stephanopoulos

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