In the Armed Services Committee hearing this afternoon, Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) questioned whether keeping large numbers of U.S. troops in Iraq serves national security interests or limits U.S. options around the world. He asked Petraeus whether his recommended drawdown ultimately would make America safer.
"Sir, I don't know, actually," Petraeus replied. He said he was focused on "accomplishing the mission of the Multi-National Force-Iraq," although the strain on U.S. ground forces from that mission "has very much been a factor in my recommendations."
Actually, Senator Warner asked the question twice. Petraeus didn't answer directly the first time. Senator Warner asked the question again and Petraeus gave the above answer.
I guess the follow up to that is: Then why the hell are we there!!!???