I am pretty sure Iraq will go back to their old ways in the near future and all this work will have been for nothing.
I use a lot of satire and sarcasm so keep that in mind when reading my posts.
Zyphlin, you are absolutely correct that the time table was negotiated under Bush, and he gets the credit(or blame depending on your point of view) and all Obama gets is credit(or blame) for following through on the negotiated agreement, which is pretty faint praise. Personally I don't much care who did it, it is the right thing to do, so kudo's to Bush(and I have said that before in this regard).
Words like 'retreating' are inflammatory and the use obviously didnt involve much by way of 'thought' (oh look...I can be a dick too). Just what exactly are we (in your mind) retreating 'from'? Combat operations against Iraq ceased in ****ing 2003. We have been in a caretaker/training role for seven years. We arent "at war" with anyone.
Do I blame our forces for that? Hell no. Our guys and gals did the best they could possibly do in a mission without clear goals and objectives for them to accomplish.
I blame the people who put them there without a good idea of what they were supposed to accomplish, and how.
And, for the record, Apdst is the only person in this thread who has referred to ending this as a "retreat."
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