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    Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    It's about time! Now if only that war criminal, GW Bush, were in prison where he belongs.

    Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout
    By Salam Faraj (AFP) 4 hours ago
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq Iraq took control of the last American military base in the country on Friday, a day after US forces marked the end of their mission, bringing a divisive war to a low-key conclusion.
    The transfer of the sprawling installation on the outskirts of the southern city of Nasiriyah is a final step ahead of a complete US withdrawal from Iraq in the coming days.
    The Imam Ali Base, known to the US military as Camp Adder, housed 15,000 American troops at its peak and was officially signed over at a ceremony attended by US Colonel Richard Kaiser and Hussein al-Assadi, the Iraqi official in charge of base transfers.
    "We proudly announce to the Iraqi people today the handover of the last American military base," Assadi said after the signing. "Today we are turning the last page on the occupation."
    "It's an honour to have been the commander of this base, and to be the one to sign over the last large base in Iraq," Kaiser told AFP.
    "It's truly an honour... I feel very proud of all the work we've done together" with Iraq.
    After the two men signed documents transferring the base to Iraq, Iraqi Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Hakim Abboud said it marked "a day of freedom."
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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    It's about time! Now if only that war criminal, GW Bush, were in prison where he belongs.
    I know it's not the topic, and I'll probably derail the thread, but do you realise how many people would have to be jailed along with Bush were he a war criminal? You point to one thing that counts as a war crime that'd get him locked up and the entire chain of command from the soldier that did it up to Bush would be equally guilty.
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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I know it's not the topic, and I'll probably derail the thread, but do you realise how many people would have to be jailed along with Bush were he a war criminal? You point to one thing that counts as a war crime that'd get him locked up and the entire chain of command from the soldier that did it up to Bush would be equally guilty
    Not to mention other leaders from other countries to include Britain, Austrailia, Romania, Italy, Germany...
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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I know it's not the topic, and I'll probably derail the thread, but do you realise how many people would have to be jailed along with Bush were he a war criminal? You point to one thing that counts as a war crime that'd get him locked up and the entire chain of command from the soldier that did it up to Bush would be equally guilty.
    Depends how it happened. People don't realize how close Bush came to being locked up. He had planned a trip to Switzerland and the Swiss planned to arrest and prosecute him for war crimes. However, someone tipped him off and he canceled his trip. If he hadn't and he had gotten arrested there, that would have alerted his cronies to stay out of that country.

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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Depends how it happened. People don't realize how close Bush came to being locked up. He had planned a trip to Switzerland and the Swiss planned to arrest and prosecute him for war crimes. However, someone tipped him off and he canceled his trip. If he hadn't and he had gotten arrested there, that would have alerted his cronies to stay out of that country.
    Ya pretty sure that never was going to happen. But just for fun, provide your source.

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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Ya pretty sure that never was going to happen. But just for fun, provide your source.
    It was widely reported by numerous news agencies. Here are a few.

    Bush's Swiss visit off after complaints on torture | Reuters

    Bush Cancels Visit To Switzerland Due To Threat Of Torture Prosecution, Rights Groups Say

    George W. Bush cancels Switzerland visit over fears of arrest on torture charges | Mail Online

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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    The first two links are the same story...as in verbatim. The third is a questionable source.

    Other than that, the only thing I found were opinion pieces. I didn't really see another credible source.
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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    The idea that a former POTUS would be arrested and tried for a crime on foreign soil is pretty crazy. I could see Switzerland asking him not to come to avoid the situation, but they wouldn't risk our reprisal. President Obama wouldn't be able to let that one go.

    As for the OP, well, at least we kept Bush's schedule and pulled out, even if there were attempts to avoid it.
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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    Congratulations on hopefully a completed job by our Military in Iraq. I hope sincerely that the efforts prove worth while and the Iraqi's are able to maintain order and peace as best as possible in the country.

    Congratulations to Bush and Obama for starting and continuing, respectively, the time table despite potential public pressure to expedite or extend it. It worked exactly as it should've, with input from our generals and from the Iraqi generals and government whose land we're on and finding an equitable means of doing this that both takes into account our security needs, their security needs, our investiments, and their soveriegnty.

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    Re: Last US base handed to Iraq ahead of pullout

    So your "proof" is that RIGHTS GROUPS...aka the people calling for Bush to be tried...claim, without any evidence, that he cancelled the visit because supposedly they say Switzerland was going to arrest him.

    Sigh....

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