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.
Tasha the white Russians new avatar has made it impossible for me to focus on this or any other subject, goodnight.
Good. It's about damned time. We NEVER should have been in Iraq in the first place.
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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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.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.
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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*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.
And if this didn't happen:
He wouldn't be even doing that muchThe 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.
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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