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Gen. Petraeus and Sen. McConnell at odds over surge
David Edwards and Josh Catone
Published: Sunday June 17, 2007
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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on CBS's Face The Nation on Sunday that he expects the US "surge" in Iraq to come to an end in September, a sentiment that deviates greatly from the official White House and military stance.

"I think that everybody anticipates that this is going to be a new strategy in the fall. I don't think we'll have the same level of troops, in all likelihood, that we have now," he said. "We're not [in Iraq] forever."

McConnell said he sees "growing support" among both Republicans and Democrats for implementing the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, which included a suggestion for a phased withdrawal of US troops.

Also this morning, appearing on Fox News Sunday US General David Petraeus said that the "surge" strategy would not be completed by September.

"I do not" think the job will be done by Semptember, said Petraeus. "I think that we have a lot of heavy lifting to do."

The White House expressed a similar sentiment in the daily press briefing on June 13th.

"It is humanly impossible to solve all this before September," said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow of the "surge."

The following video contains clips from Fox's Fox News Sunday and CBS's Face the Nation. Both clips were broadcast on June 17.