By Russell Berman - 06/23/11 04:50 PM EDT
“I am generally supportive of the plan because there is enough flexibility in the withdrawal to take into consideration conditions on the ground, and that is critically important for the long-term success [of the mission].”
Boehner was asked to respond to congressional testimony from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Thursday that Obama’s plans were “more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept.”
The Speaker warned that domestic politics should not play a part in decisions over troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
“I don’t think anyone wants to jeopardize the gains that we’ve made in Afghanistan,” he said. “I’m cautiously optimistic about the way we’re going and how we’re getting there, but this withdrawal shouldn’t be done on a political deadline. It should be based on conditions on the ground.”