WASHINGTON May 3 A "small, residual" U.S.
force should remain in Iraq beyond the end of this year, past a
scheduled withdrawal, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki spoke of gaps in Iraqi
border security and intelligence during Boehner's recent visit
to Iraq, the speaker told a small group of reporters in his
office. The Obama administration should engage Iraq to get a
deal for some troops to stay, he said: "I think a small,
residual force should remain."
Boehner, a Republican, also said that the United States
should not "back away" from Pakistan, despite the fact that
Osama bin Laden had been found and killed in a compound there.
He favored maintaining U.S. aid to that country, so long as an
"eyeball to eyeball" conversation is held with Pakistan about
ties, he said.