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1 posted on 04/07/2011 3:35:20 AM PDT by tobyhill
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Did he say we have commitments in Libya?


2 posted on 04/07/2011 3:46:11 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: tobyhill

Gen. Gates bowing to Muslims in Azerbaijan.

3 posted on 04/07/2011 3:48:42 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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Are we going to bill them for our services?


4 posted on 04/07/2011 4:42:53 AM PDT by Huck (Mitch Daniels is my choice among the potentials, which of course means he has no chance.)
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This sounds like another pipe dream by State Dept types. They want to consolidate their presence in to 5 "enduring bases", i.e. they are scrambling for jobs in this period of drawdown and intend to squander yet more taxpayer dollars in that hellhole.

Maliki has already made it known that he doesn't want US troops in Iraq.

5 posted on 04/07/2011 4:52:32 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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I think this is a good sign. The Iraqi government still needs us there. I can see us keeping a small force of 20 - 30 thousand there. We are paired down to 50 thousand right now. Our troops are not in a lot of danger presently and can serve for training, some security and a rapid reaction force in case they are needed. If we left and the country fell into chaos, that would be truly tragic and a slap in the face to all of those who have sacrificed for this cause.

People should ask themself this. How long did we stay in Germany and Japan after WWII? Oh yeah, we still have a large contingent of forces in and around Japan and we probably have more forces in Germany than Iraq currently. You want to pull troops back? We should not have much troop strength in a place like Germany. What purpose do they serve? If they are a rapid reaction force, where are they a rapid reaction force to? We and our European Allies are no longer in immediate danger from Russia or any of the former Soviet Union.


6 posted on 04/07/2011 5:13:47 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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