Tonight, President Clinton will appear on CNN’s Larry King Live. From his interview:
I don’t see any alternative, consistent with responsibilities for the national security, to a substantial withdrawal of troops this year. Because the military’s so overstretched. If we had a big national security emergency now, we’d be virtually compelled to meet it with Naval and Air Force forces because the Army, the Marine Corps, the National Guards and Reserves are all overstretched, all deeply stressed. … We’ll have to have a substantial drawdown of troops this year.
Clinton added a drawdown in Iraq would help focus efforts to defeat al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan.