Clinton hits back at Pentagon official in argument over Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton has her own tough words for a Pentagon official.

Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman told Clinton that the questions she had posed in May about Pentagon planning for an Iraq withdrawal reinforced what he called "enemy propaganda" that the US would abandon its Iraqi allies.

In a letter sent today to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Clinton calls Edelman's written comments a "spurious" dodge of a serious issue.

She says Edelman "has his priorities backward." And she calls his claim that public discussion of a withdrawal helps the enemy "outrageous and dangerous."

In the letter, Clinton asks Gates if he agrees with Edelman's charge and repeats her request for a briefing, classified if necessary, on end-of-war planning.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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