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OP-ED: Iraq: The Decade After&&

Although no one doubts our forces will prevail over Saddam Hussein's, key regional leaders confirm what the Foreign Relations Committee emphasized in its Iraq hearings last summer: The most challenging phase will likely be the day after -- or, more accurately, the decade after -- Saddam Hussein.
Once he is gone, expectations are high that coalition forces will remain in large numbers to stabilize Iraq and support a civilian administration. That presence will be necessary for several years, given the vacuum there, which a divided Iraqi opposition will have trouble filling and which some new Iraqi military strongman must not fill.

Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel in Dec, 2002.
 

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A Hill source forwards along these quotes:
Sen Harry Reid (D-NV) :
"…I don't think anyone can find a war that this country was engaged in where the funds were cut off. No one is talking about cutting off the funds."
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) :
"I do not support cutting funding for American troops."
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) :
"We're not going to cut off funding to the troops … no one wants to do that."
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) :
"I don't know of any senator who would cut off funds for troops in the field."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) :
"I don't think we should be pulling back any funds."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA):
"Yes, the congress could cut off the funds. But the congress will not do that because our men and women are in harm's way."
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) :
"U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson ( D-FL ) today made clear his intention to oppose measures he sees as possibly undermining U.S. troops, like cutting funds… […] Nelson said today he'll oppose efforts to cut off funding."
 
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