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Obama not likely to cut U.S. military, Inouye says


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POSTED: Thursday, November 06, 2008

Hawaii's senior Sen. Daniel Inouye says he doubts if President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged to remove troops from Iraq in 16 months, would cut the military.

"In my discussions with Senator Obama, he has indicated to me that he supports the military," Inouye added.

As chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Inouye said he "will do whatever I can to make certain our military remains strong."

On Iraq, it is "a sovereign nation," Inouye said.  "It would be unreasonable for us to expect to be there forever.  I think Iraqis have so indicated that they hope we would leave.  And we will leave with honor.  We leave that place better than how we found it."