The idea of pulling out of Iraq was one that I wanted done the moment the great Hope president stepped into power. Here we are going into the final year of his first term and he finally makes it happen... I guess.
The United States will withdraw almost all its troops from Iraq by the end of the year, as a current agreement with Iraq dictates, a U.S. official told CNN on Friday. Only about 150 troops, a negligible force, will remain to assist in arms sales. The United States had expected that some of the roughly 40,000 Americans in Iraq would remain there to aid in training and security. But the two nations were unable to reach a deal on a key issue regarding legal immunity for U.S. troops, a senior U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the discussions told CNN this month.
When you think about this whole action, how our troops will be there in some capacity for arms dealing, it's really strange. That sure is a hell of a lot of trouble to go through to sell off some surplus M-16's. And you're probably wondering if the article actually said arms sales. Yes. Yes it really does.
You know, God bless the troops for doing their part in the stimulus. People complain about the demise of American manufacturing, but we still make a lot of weapons. So here's hoping that Turkey, Russia, China, Iraq and Iran announce a free trade agreement. Because it looks like the camel is finally capable of screwing itself.
"After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over, Obama said. "The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays."
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.
So yeah, after 9 years, America's war in Iraq will be over and the troops are coming home for the holidays.... and I hope they enjoy their down time with their families before they're sent into Afghanistan in January. Though I'm sure the article didn't want to cover that aspect of it just yet.
Though I have to say, haven't I heard this whole "Home for Christmas" before? I wonder where. Oh wait, I know now, I remember it was my father lying to me and my sisters over the phone.
I wonder if this includes the countless thousands and thousands of mercenaries... According to Bloomberg. No.
No it does not. In fact, they aren't even on the radar as far as counting even though their numbers are so high.
Literally the only campaign promise Obama has kept was to do a thing that actually Bush did, and the only reason why he did it was because he failed at NOT doing it like he was trying to.
The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security does not have a promising record when it comes to managing its mercenaries. The 2007 Nisour Square shootings by State’s security contractors, in which 17 Iraqi civilians were killed, marked one of the low points of the war. Now, State will be commanding a much larger security presence, the equivalent of a heavy combat brigade. In July, Danger Room exclusively reported that the Department blocked the Congressionally-appointed watchdog for Iraq from acquiring basic information about contractor security operations, such as the contractors’ rules of engagement.
It's as if every day real life is looking more and more like a scenario from the video game Metal Gear.
At this point I'm wondering who actually controls Iraq. You know, besides the mercenary army and what not. It appears that the Al Malaki government backed up by his loyalists that include the Iraqi army and a giant mercenary army are the one's who are in control. So it's pretty much an American backed puppet government.
Why am I not surprised? Oh well, at least we'll be saving a couple billion on this war - that is if Obama doesn't start another war elsewhere.