Bush faces more dissent over troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush is facing more dissent in the ranks. A published report claims his top general wants to reverse the troop surge in Iraq. Other republicans have broken ranks with President Bush on Iraq, but no-one like Sen. John Warner. Warner is a veteran, a former chairman of the armed services committee and a former Navy secretary. Sen. Warner said, "I say to the president, with great respect, consider that you initiate the withdrawal." Now, according to the LA Times, Gen. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to advise the president to cut the US force in Iraq next year nearly in half. But without denying the claim, Pace said, "The LA Times article is purely speculative." The White House says the focus should be on a report due in September. White House Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Johndroe said, "The president will listen to generals on the ground, Ambassador Crocker, secretaries Rice and Gates, and also members of Congress, take in everything they have to say, and then make recommendations on the way ahead." One military leader, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, has already responded to Warner's statement, saying starting troop withdrawals by the end of this year would be a "giant step backward." Maj. Gen. Lynch said, "There is still such a detailed, complicated fight going on that its no time between now and Christmas to move some coalition forces out." But ABC News has learned from senior officials that despite the tough talk a drawdown in troops is something that the White House is already considering.

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