Former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell on Thursday urged the next U.S. president to bring more troops home from Iraq.
Powell, who was President George W. Bush's secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush's father, made the appeal in his appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.
Stressing the need for continuous withdrawal, he said the military is unsustainably stretched thin because of its continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Powell also observed that the expected number of forces in Iraq will remain about 10,000 troops higher than before Bush announced his troop "surge" last year. He predicted the Bush administration would "maintain a significant presence" until the end of his term.
On the presidential race, he said he has not yet decided which presidential candidate to support in the upcoming elections, as he was close friends with Republican nominee John McCain, as well as Democratic contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.