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Old October 21st, 2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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President Obama announced Friday that all U.S. forces will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011, saying the troops "will definitely be home for the holidays."

The president spoke in the White House briefing room after holding a secure video conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Obama said he and the Iraqi leader are in "full agreement about how to move forward.".

The U.S. has had a long-standing agreement to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of this year, but officials from both countries had discussed maintaining a U.S. residual force to train Iraqi forces.

But the United States eventually balked at maintaining a force because Iraq has refused to grant American troops legal immunity in Iraqi courts.



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Old October 21st, 2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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This is step one;

Step two: release some of the oil reserves to lower fuel prices;

Step three: (because people are stupid) Reelection (profit).
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The only misstep was getting Gadaffi too soon. That should have waited till after the primary's.
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So, how about Afghanistan?
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Old October 21st, 2011, 10:31 PM   #5
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President Obama announced Friday that all U.S. forces will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011, saying the troops "will definitely be home for the holidays."

The president spoke in the White House briefing room after holding a secure video conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Obama said he and the Iraqi leader are in "full agreement about how to move forward.".

The U.S. has had a long-standing agreement to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of this year, but officials from both countries had discussed maintaining a U.S. residual force to train Iraqi forces.

But the United States eventually balked at maintaining a force because Iraq has refused to grant American troops legal immunity in Iraqi courts.



That still leaves the non-combat security teams, engineers, medical, logistics, etc. It's far from over, but still a step in the right direction.

Now if we could just get Afghanistan taken care of.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #6
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while I am extremely happy to see this happen, it is a clear attempt by an administration circling the drain to improve ratings so while campaigning he can say "see what I did".
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