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Complete Iraq Troop Withdrawal By Dec. 31

October 21, 2011 by  

Complete Iraq Troop Withdrawal By Dec. 31

On Friday, President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cemented an agreement for a planned end-of-the-year U.S. troop withdrawal from the country.

The Washington Post reports that, as a result of the withdrawal, only about 150 soldiers will remain in the country to protect the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and the thousands of American diplomats who work there.

“The rest of our troops in Iraq will come home at the end of the year,” Obama said at the White House. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.”

Originally planned was an agreement between the two leaders to create special teams of American troops that would continue to train Iraqi police and military personnel. However, Obama and al-Maliki were unable to come to an agreement about how the special operations and training were to take place and scrapped the idea.

The announcement represents a more definitive end to a war that has lasted nearly a decade at a cost of about $1 trillion dollars to the United States. Some people believe that the looming withdrawal will catapult Iraq into a state of sectarian violence and open doors for Islamic militants in the country.

About 39,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq today, and roughly 100,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan. If the Obama Administration successfully withdrawals troops from Iraq, analysts say the feat will become valuable campaign fodder for the incumbent President in 2012.



Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Sam, most Americans who already have some common sense will detect the flaw in this “bold statement.” It is a single word, and that words is “PLANNED.” In other words, the possibility of a withdrawal has been put forth as an implied “promise.”
    The Anointed Obubba has a curious knack of promising but not delivering. In his ‘mind,’ it would be enough to take our military out of Iraq, and then put them in Afghanistan. Put them in Africa, put them ANYWHERE but in America – where they belong. That is the approach of someone in love with semantics and empty promises. Someone in love with himself – no matter who pays the price.
    This garbage is in the implied stage, so I’ll wait to see what happens. In the rare event that Obubba actually ‘delivers the goods,’ so to speak, I’ll say a word or two that approximates thanks. Until then, find someone else to hose, Obubba. Our military does not deserve to be hosed by anyone – especially a prez.

    • Doc Sarvis

      President Obama got our combat troops out of Iraq AHEAD of schedule. There is a promise kept.

      • http://naver samurai

        You’re a liar Doc. Remember when he promised to get them out within 6 months of him taking office? It has been 3 years, so what’s up Doc? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Doc Sarvis

          He promised to get combat troops out first, which he did ahead of schedule.

  • simian pete

    So Sam, the war cost 1 trillion dollars ? When is Iraq going to pay us back ? As far as I see they owe us 1 trillion bucks !!!

    So how did this war profit the USA ? That’s a good question ! Their are about 300 million Americans so the war cost each American about $3 grand a piece !!!!

    I’m out 3 thousand dollars ! Where’s the profit in it all ? Hey Mr. President – what was in it for me ?

    Hey Mr. Obama – how about seizing some of them oil wells and selling about (let me figure this out .. hold on) .. a trillion dollars of oil plus expenses …..

    How about all them Americans who paid the ultimate price – death and disfigurement – because Iraq couldn’t get it’s act together. How are the living casualities and the families of the fallen going to be compensated ? Did you work that out, Mr. President ? Or is the Iraqui government that dysfunctional (ie corrupt and retarded) ?

    • Doc Sarvis

      You should be asking this of Bush who got us into this dead end for no reason. President Obama is getting us out.

      • s c

        d, you said ‘he got us out’ and ‘he’s getting us out.’ Do you know the DIFFERENCE? I can only hope that you don’t have a job that relies on precise measurements or treats medical patients. Based on what you said in two, short blurbs, you sound like a yo-yo who needs to shop around for a new job (one that doesn’t require reading skills past Dick and Jane.
        Do your kids read to YOU?

        • Doc Sarvis

          He GOT combat troops out AND he is GETTING the rest of them out. Read.

    • JungleCogs

      The real cost is about 800 billion. Why I bring it up is that I find it interesting that the Iraq war cost the same as Obama’s wasted Stimulus package. Just wanted to put that into perspective.

  • http://?? Joe H.

    I only wonder how long those 150 troops will last in Iraq. BRING THEM ALL HOME!! As far as giving the prisoners and all their miranda?? I have an answer to that. Etch it on the recieving end of every bullet, stencil it on every missile and bomb. That way when they ask if they were given their miranda, you can honestly answer YES!!!

    • JungleCogs

      Leaving 150 troops there would be a death sentence.

  • jopa

    A lot of that one trillion dollars is siting in a Haliburton bank account offshore being enjoyed by the Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld regime.

  • jopa

    OOOps; I forgot to mention the Black Scum Water regime.

  • JungleCogs

    War for oil! War for oil! Yeah, you loons were wrong about that too.

  • Thinking About

    Our troops deserve praise and honor. Their time to return to US soil is long over due. Please do not disgrace their good works with useless dribble, rise to the occasion, sing praises of a job well done. Welcome home and God bless this great nation.

  • jopa

    Jungle Cogs; Let’s see, Bush put 800 billion into Iraq and Obama Invested 800 billion into America.Sure would be nice if that Iraqi money was here also.Just had to put that into perspective.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      And how many billion has obrainless put into Iraq, Afghanistan, and libya??? Oh, and lets not forget africa now!! You know, obrainless 4.0????

    • http://naver samurai

      800 billion into America? More like the pockets of companies that supported him. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!


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