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  Vilsack wants smaller U.S. force in Iraq
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Last EditedServo  Dec 06, 2006 04:44pm
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News DateTuesday, December 5, 2006 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Tuesday he favors removing most American troops from the Baghdad area and southern
Iraq while maintaining a smaller security force in northern Iraq for a limited period.

Vilsack, who announced last week he would seek the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, said Iraq may have to endure a period of heavy violence following an American troop redeployment, but that it was the only way to force the Iraqi government to make the hard decisions about restoring order to the fractured country.

"It's tough love, no question about it," Vilsack told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview. "It may very well require them to go through some chaotic and very difficult times for them to finally decide it is not in their interest to continue down that road."
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