Is Obama “Setting Gen. Petraeus up for Failure?”

By Alex Pepper

Jun 23, 2010 3:30pm

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Republicans on the Hill are all boosters of Gen. Petraeus. But many of them question President Obama’s plan to begin withdrawing combat troops from Afghanistan starting in July of next year. That disconnect was on display at a Capitol Hill press conference when Sen. Kit Bond, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, praised Petraeus but said not even Petraeus can win in Afghanistan if there is a timetable for withdrawal. Later, Bond said that by installing Petraeus without changing his timetable to begin withdrawal to be based on conditions instead of the calendar, the President is “setting Petraeus up for failure.”

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