Iraqi security adviser wants withdrawals to continue.

On Monday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said a “pause” in withdrawals in Iraq “makes sense” to him. Disagreeing with Gates, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, Iraq’s national security adviser, said, “I believe phasing out and making it a continuous but slow withdrawal is better than pausing, as it gives continuity to the process.” Rubaie hopes the U.S. force would be “less than 100,000 by the end of this year” but adds that Iraq would still need “some sort of help.”