We'll need some kind of presence there - can't avoid that - so leaving mercenaries behind to hold the fort is very good. You can be certain a lot of those mercs are ex special forces so you can be certain those guys are very very good. In some ways they'll be better than the regular army. They'll be lighter and faster with a much shorter chain of command which permits quick responses. They'll do a good job.
Most, if not all, of those running for POTUS are saying Obama is doing the wrong thing by leaving They're idiots and on the wrong side of the issue.
Romney Opposes Troop Withdrawal From Iraq (UPDATED) | ThinkProgress
“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women. The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”
See my sig for the WH's response.
#1. President Bush signed an agreemant with Iraq, promising to remove all forces by 12/31/2011.
#2. President Obama tried to negotiate keeping a few thousand troops in Iraq after this date, just incase of a flare-up in violence.
#3. The Iraqi Parliament and President REFUSED to grant any continud American presence, immunity from prosecution...as we have now.
#4. President Obama, looking out for the best interest of our troops, decided that making us vulnerable to Iraqi prosecution while trying to protect Iraq, was unacceptable. Therefore, the withdrawal would be completed by 12/31/2011 as agreed.
I'm sorry...but what exactly did Obama do wrong here? Do you WANT troops to be tried in barbaric Iraqi courts for the slightest infraction of their laws???
...oh and btw, several thousand private American security forces will stay in Iraq, along with a contingent of American military to protect the very large American embassy....along with probably some special-ops folks to take out any terrorists we locate.
all-in-all...I think Obama has come up with a great plan.
Last edited by Thunder; 10-22-11 at 10:47 AM.
Obama's plan looks eerily similar to the previous administration's plan. Shouldn't these accolades be raining down on Bush rather than Obama?all-in-all...I think Obama has come up with a great plan.
That was Obama's doing. Bush simply signed a document and left the next POTUS to do the hard work.
Thank goodness for the vision of Bush because then Obama wouldn't have a blueprint to follow.
Last edited by Antiderivative; 10-22-11 at 11:30 AM.