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The U.S. military now stands alone in Iraq
Digital Journal ^ | 8/23/2009 | Larry Clifton

Posted on 08/23/2009 6:59:39 PM PDT by james500

In the midst of ear-splitting explosions, the Iraqi coalition originally forged between 38 countries has dwindled to one, a coalition of one – the U.S.A. With most of the media attention focused on health-care reform and the sky-rocketing U.S. deficit, little attention was paid to Iraq as the last of the 2003 coalition members withdrew, leaving the Americans to go it alone.

The U.S., as the leader of Multi-National Force, maintains roughly the same level of troop strength in Iraq as when President Obama took office. Mr. Obama campaigned aggressively on a pledge to bring the American troops home, however many of the troops who did leave Iraq were sent to participate in Obama’s Afghanistan surge, which by all reports is not going well for the Americans and coalition troops there.

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After the departure of British, Romanian and Australian troops last month, the remaining 130,000-odd American troops are now the only foreign force in MNF-I. Meanwhile, violence has sharply escalated in the war-torn country since President Bush ordered a surge that brought relative calm and a plummeting death toll for all factions.

As quietly as the coalition left the Americans alone in Iraq, President Obama ordered a surge in Afghanistan just after taking office. Unfortunately, it failed to stop the Taliban from regrouping and now Obama is quietly building on the last surge, sending thousands more troops into Afghanistan.

Public support for the Afghan war has tanked under Obama, and despite his pledge to bring the troops home from Iraq, 130.000 American military personnel are hunkered down in that country while the Pentagon contemplates the need for tens of thousands more in Afghanistan.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhodod; iraq; postwariraq; third100days; usmilitary

1 posted on 08/23/2009 6:59:39 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

Other countries realize that Obama will stab them in the back the first chance he gets.


2 posted on 08/23/2009 7:01:48 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gulch.)
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To: james500
I suspect Obamunists plan is to allow Iran and Al Queda to take Iraq. If things start to go wrong in Iraq, we will not intervene.
3 posted on 08/23/2009 7:05:35 PM PDT by ryan71 (What the hell's up with spell check?)
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To: james500

It’s an old joke. A “Multinational Division” consists of one division of US soldiers, plus 1 “liaison” each from 150 other countries.


4 posted on 08/23/2009 7:07:26 PM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: james500

“Meanwhile, violence has sharply escalated in the war-torn country since President Bush ordered a surge that brought relative calm and a plummeting death toll for all factions.”

That just about says it all in a nutshell doesn’t it? Now I’m going to join the kook fringe during Bush’s tenure: Bring our Troops home! I don’t want them serving under this Marxist bastard!


5 posted on 08/23/2009 7:08:44 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Hey............How's that Hope and Change Thingy workin' for ya?)
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To: james500

History is chock full of nations and individuals who stood alone when it really counted. One of the qualities that has made America stand apart from the rest of the world has always been her willingness to go it alone when the chips were down. Sure, it’s great having others there to share the burden, but the true test of grit is how you respond when you know something is right but no one else wants to help, or even support you.

IMHO, our biggest fault is that we refuse to go all out and defeat an enemy for fear of what the rest of the world will say. No telling how many brave American fighting men and women have lost their lives or been seriously wounded because we lack the political will to deal with an enemy in the quickest and most effective manner. We end up having to use the tactics frowned upon early on in a conflict sooner or later and all we gain from delay is an increased casualty count.

If a war is worth fighting then it’s worth winning and doing anything less than whatever it takes to win as quickly as possible is just plain wrong.

And I would start with Iran. Tell the dissidents they have X number of days to get rid of the current rulers or we’ll do it for them. Make certain they, and the ruling class, understand that as messy as overthrowing the government there is going to be it’s a whole lot less catastrophic than making us, or Israel, do it. Sadly, it will take that kind of notice, warning and follow through to overcome our reputation around the world lately of being a paper tiger.


6 posted on 08/23/2009 7:11:39 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: james500
I support the Presidency, but not the President.
7 posted on 08/23/2009 7:12:00 PM PDT by Flag_This (No, Massoud, there are no men left in Washington.)
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To: jongaltsr
. "Mack Daddy" has NO credibility, respect or honor with ANY of the world leaders. He is the worlds biggest joke and a total disgrace to the American people. He is so thin skined that anyone who questions anything he say or does is considered the enemy and must be destroyed at any cost. He never ever tells the truth, and when he is caught in a lie it is someones else that is to blame.
8 posted on 08/23/2009 7:12:45 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Outlaw Woman

Iraq is a quagmire. It has been a quagmire for 2000 years. We have no money to spend on them any more. Afghanistan is becoming Obama’s war and is not worth our tax dollars. NO MORE NATION BUILDING!!. Come home and rebuild this nation quick before we go down the tube.


9 posted on 08/23/2009 7:14:20 PM PDT by londonfog
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To: chiefqc

What is a “mack daddy”?


10 posted on 08/23/2009 7:15:04 PM PDT by londonfog
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To: james500

Prayers for our Troops


11 posted on 08/23/2009 7:17:25 PM PDT by bray (He's a Divider not a Uniter)
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To: londonfog
What is a “mack daddy”?

(US, slang) A pimp, especially a prosperous one.

(US, slang) A flirtatious and seductive man.

12 posted on 08/23/2009 7:21:41 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: londonfog

It probably should have been “ long-legged mack daddy”


13 posted on 08/23/2009 7:22:46 PM PDT by Anti-Kenyan
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To: james500

Uhhhhhh....didn’t the newsholes make a big deal about Ubama removing troops from Iraq just a few short weeks ago?


14 posted on 08/23/2009 7:22:53 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: londonfog

agreed.


15 posted on 08/23/2009 7:45:53 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Hey............How's that Hope and Change Thingy workin' for ya?)
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To: ryan71

They have to come up with a way to stop Iran and Syria from providing material support and a base of operations to the terrorist. We have to make them pay a price for their involvement in the deaths of American soldiers. How long can we go on pretending that this isn’t happening? The war on terror is turning into another war we don’t fight to win.


16 posted on 08/23/2009 8:52:59 PM PDT by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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To: peeps36
They have to come up with a way to stop Iran and Syria from providing material support and a base of operations to the terrorist. We have to make them pay a price for their involvement in the deaths of American soldiers

Here's the way

We have the tools, We don't have the will to use them.

17 posted on 08/23/2009 10:12:16 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: james500

It’s always been one, with a few friends to help. Even those countries, except for maybe Australia, keep a smaller military because they sleep under the blanket of US protection. That way they have more money for their Socialist programs. When we run out of money, many of these countries are going to face hard decisions.


18 posted on 08/23/2009 11:22:07 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: londonfog

Thanks to Dr. Manning, I now know the meaning of “Mack Daddy”: and for those who were as ignorant as I, it means a sharp dressing, Pimp in Black neighborhoods.


19 posted on 08/23/2009 11:43:49 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: james500

If US troops are fully removed Iran and Syria will fill the void quickly, very quickly.


20 posted on 08/24/2009 12:47:38 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: james500

Officially, the occupation (Phase IV) ended on 1 January 2009. That is when the UN Mandate terminated. It is the official end of the Iraq War. [Just like the final peace treaty and withdraw of Soviet forces in Germany terminated WWII for Germany in the 1990s.]

The US negotiated a bilateral deal to stay longer. With the exceptions of NATO, UK, and Romania, the rest simply left before 1 Jan. Romania and UK switched to training only and they departed. NATO Training Mission - Iraq is still operational.


21 posted on 08/24/2009 7:04:26 AM PDT by DJ Elliott
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To: DJ Elliott

Why won’t the name change from the “Multinational” designator to “US” designator until next January?


22 posted on 08/24/2009 10:06:38 AM PDT by gandalftb (An appeaser feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last......)
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To: james500

US forces hands were tied when Iraqi forces promised to protect Iranian dissidents, yet did otherwise:

The video:

http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=011008&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=8613382&referralPlaylistId=playlist

Story:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/24/questions-raised-role-iranian-dissidents-raided-iraqi-forces/


23 posted on 08/24/2009 1:27:08 PM PDT by HollyB
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If anyone knows the whole story regarding this video, I’d like to hear it.

The story reads that the Iranian dissidents were peacefuly protesting when this occurred. It’s a sad state all over these days.


24 posted on 08/24/2009 1:31:36 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: gandalftb

My best guess is they need to use up the stationary.
I am already calling them USF-I...


25 posted on 08/24/2009 2:55:53 PM PDT by DJ Elliott
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
the story is BS -- the very next sentence basically blames President Bush and the Surge for the (recent, minor) escalation.
the Iraqi coalition originally forged between 38 countries has dwindled to one, a coalition of one... After the departure of British, Romanian and Australian troops last month, the remaining 130,000-odd American troops are now the only foreign force in MNF-I.

26 posted on 08/29/2009 5:55:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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