in a photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, Vice President Dick Cheney, center, is seen at Baghdad's Sather Air Base visiting U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, Monday, March 17, 2008. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. And y Dunaway)
Baghdad (AP) Vice president Cheney is warning against large drawdowns of U.S. Troops in Iraq that could jeopardize recent security gains in security.
Cheney spoke today at a news conference in Baghdad with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq.
HE said given the nearly 4,000 U.S. Troop deaths and billions of dollars spent on the war, it is very important that “we not quit before the job is done.”
Cheney credited reductions in violence to president Bush's decision to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to the war zone.
He said one of Bush's considerations in whether to draw back more than the 30,000 will be whether the U.S. can continue on a positive track toward political reconciliation and stability in Iraq.