White House plays down withdrawal report.

The White House is playing down the New York Times report that the Bush administration “was weighing a scenario for possibly sharp cuts in U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year.” Spokeswoman Dana Perino: “We, of course, would like to be in a position to bring down troop levels, but certain conditions, as assessed by senior military advisers and commanders on the ground, need to be met to warrant that.”