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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

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    Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq - CNN.com


    In a short speech delivered minutes ago, President Obama said our remaining forces in Iraq will be home for the coming holidays


    It is about god damned time.
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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

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    That threat of conflict doesn't seem to deter every other country in the region from not being Iran's ally. Bullying countries into an alliance doesn't work for very long, as we've discovered in Afghanistan and, well, Iraq.
    I don't believe they're allied with "every" country in the region, do you? Saudi Arabia and Iran have been squabbling for a while now.

    But if they get along, that's perfectly cool with me. Some stability would be a nice change of pace.

    I just hope they don't get along so well that, after the US sells Iraq some F-16s, Iraq immediately flies them over the border to join the Iranian air force. I have a sick feeling that's also possible.
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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    Tasha the white Russians new avatar has made it impossible for me to focus on this or any other subject, goodnight.

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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    Good. It's about damned time. We NEVER should have been in Iraq in the first place.

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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    So happy for the Troops out there who finally get to come home. I served in Basra with the British army and had nothing but respect for the way the Americans conducted themselves and how they handled a very tough situation. Compared to many American postings Basra was an easy 12 months and I almost felt guilty when Britain pulled out of Basra a few years ago because there was part of me that wanted us to stay and see the rest of the job through with out allies. Even if you were against the war and against our occupation of Iraq I think we can all agree that the Americans forces did a fantastic job in a very very tough situation and all the lads coming home deserve nothing but your gratitude and a couple of free beers when you see them in the bar!
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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

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    I want us to keep several thousand troops in Iraq or next door in Kuwait, incase we are needed to take on Al Qaeda or other trouble-makers.
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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I think its a bad idea announcing a pull out date. The insurgents in Iraq are not stupid,except for maybe the suicide bombers. Logic would tell them to amass their forces and wait until sometime after the US left.
    You can do better than to come up with such an old and lame argument. We all appreciate original thought and insight.

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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I think its a bad idea announcing a pull out date.
    What other option is there? Our agreement with Iraq ends on December 31, 2011 and it will not be renewed. Obama waited until two months before the deadline to announce anything; that's about as long as you can realistically wait from a logistical standpoint.

    The insurgents in Iraq are not stupid,except for maybe the suicide bombers. Logic would tell them to amass their forces and wait until sometime after the US left.
    Who are these "insurgents" and what are they surging against? It's a low-grade sectarian conflict, not a government-vs-insurgent situation...and that has mostly been the case for many years now. Iraq will probably remain a low-grade conflict after the US withdraws the last troops...most of which haven't been actively participating in combat for a couple years anyway.
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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    Of the 39,000 troops in Iraq, about 150, a negligible force, will remain to assist in arms sales, a U.S. official told CNN. The rest will be out of Iraq by December 31.
    Nope - we're still over there. Even if we have just ONE soldier overseas - we're still over there. If we have a small foothold it makes future re-occupations easier. . . so we'll never be *out*

    And if this didn't happen:
    The announcement also came after talks that might have allowed a continued major military presence broke down amid disputes about whether U.S. troops would be immune to prosecution by Iraqi authorities.
    He wouldn't be even doing that much

    But - you know - just in time to plunk them down in Africa. Obama's most certainly not an anti-war president. . . he's just anti a war that he claims is all someone else's fault.
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    Re: Official: U.S. pulling out all troops from Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Nope - we're still over there. Even if we have just ONE soldier overseas - we're still over there. If we have a small foothold it makes future re-occupations easier. . . so we'll never be *out*
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