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Officials: Most troops out of Iraq in 18 months

February 25, 2009

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— President Barack Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war that helped define his upstart presidential campaign — although a little more slowly than he promised.

The withdrawal plan — an announcement could come as early as this week — could help Obama turn his attention to another campaign pledge: Deploying more troops to Afghanistan, a region he calls the central front in the war on terrorism.

The timetable is a compromise. Removing so many people and tons of equipment presents logistical difficulties. Some commanders and advisers worry that security gains could backslide in Iraq if troops are brought out too soon, while others think the bulk of U.S. combat work is long since done.

“We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war,” Obama said in his address to Congress on Tuesday.

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jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

Two problems with this: 1) the headline, and a few other news reports, merely say "most" troops, which could easily be just one more than half to qualify, though the article above proceeds to say "all" troops. My guess: don't you believe it. 2) With the recent violence, though sporadic, the most disturbing is that a few attacks have been Iraqi police and/or troops turning on American troops. For our military, probably the number one hurdle they've had to deal with is not being able to discern who to trust. Any person walking down the street has to be looked upon as a potential threat. Can anyone imagine how nerve-racking that would be? And when that now includes the security forces that are supposed to be providing stability along side you........ scary stuff.

I just don't see us completely pulling out for quite some time. I've also read where the majority of commanders in Iraq are highly pessimistic of complete stability if all our troops are removed. It speaks volumes that BO's current plan is 6+ months longer than he spoke of on the campaign trail. Once you start getting the daily security briefings and actually know what's going on you're forced to change your original tack.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

" It speaks volumes that BO's current plan is 6+ months longer than he spoke of on the campaign trail."

He generally spoke of withdrawal within 16 months. That's a difference of 2 months, not 6+.

"Once you start getting the daily security briefings and actually know what's going on you're forced to change your original tack."

While on the campaign trail, after the last eight years of military idiocy, Obama didn't have to worry so much about the demagoguery of the military/industrial complex. Once you become President, the pressure to appear "tough," (which comes mainly from those with vested interests as military suppliers) too often trumps good sense.

jaywalker 5 years, 9 months ago

"Once you become President, the pressure to appear “tough,” (which comes mainly from those with vested interests as military suppliers) too often trumps good sense."

Yeah. YOU know. And from the timetable's I heard BO throw out AND the analysts on CNN confirmed last night, it's 6 months longer than his original guesstimates.

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