President Barack Obama defending his Afghanistan strategy after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2009:
“We’re not going to see some sharp cliff, some precipitous drawdown,” Obama said.*
Former President George W. Bush, defending his Iraq strategy, July 13, 2007:
“Extremist groups would be emboldened by a precipitous American withdrawal,” he said.
Former President George W. Bush, defending his Iraq strategy, April 16, 2007:
“I hope the Democratic leadership will drop their unreasonable demand for a precipitous withdrawal,” Bush said.