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  • President Who Pulled U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Says Idea He Pulled Troops Out of Iraq is "Bogus"

    08/11/2014 7:46:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In 2008 then Senator Obama campaigned on the promise of ending the war in Iraq and bringing combat troops home. In 2012, Obama touted that promise as complete (one of the only campaign promises he actually kept) and critics warned leaving Iraq without a residual U.S. force would result in a power vacuum and vulnerable state. Now as the country falls apart and the radical Islamic State army continues its march unchallenged in Iraq, Obama is claiming he wasn't the one who made the decision to pull U.S. combat troops out of the country and that claims to the...
  • Obama: Hey, it wasn’t my idea to leave Iraq (Of course not, insert sarcasm)

    08/10/2014 4:12:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    We may as well finish up the weekend on yet another inexplicable appearance by the Commander in Chief. And this one is a doozy, picked up by Joel Gehrke at The Corner. The President, during his brief, pre-tee off time availability this weekend, chose to address what a mess Iraq currently is and whether or not our lack of presence there had anything to do with it. Well, it did, but it obviously wasn’t his fault. He never really wanted to leave in the first place. President Obama refused to take responsibility for the lack of U.S. troops in Iraq,...
  • 'This is going to be a long term project': Obama announces that US military involvement in Iraq….

    08/09/2014 7:53:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 9, 2014 | FRANCESCA CHAMBERS and DAVID MARTOSKO
    'This is going to be a long term project': Obama announces that US military involvement in Iraq will continue for MONTHS... as he jets off for Martha's Vineyard vacation and the golf course Obama and the first family took off for vacation in Martha's Vinyard after the press conference The president played a round of golf with ex-NFL player Ahmad Rashad and NBA's Ray Allen U.S. jet fighters carried out four airstrikes on militants today taking out armored carriers and a truck firing on civilians Ted Cruz said Obama was 'an absentee President' and said he should spend 'less time...
  • Obama pledges "responsible end" to Afghanistan war

    05/25/2014 8:37:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 5/25/14 | Julie Pace, The Associated Press
    President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday and made clear that the U.S. will likely maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America’s longest war comes to a close. “America’s commitment to the people of Afghanistan will endure,” he pledged. Speaking to troops gathered in an airplane hangar on this sprawling military base, Obama said the war had reached a pivotal point, with Afghan forces assuming primary responsibility for their country’s security. But while many of the 32,800 U.S. forces now in Afghanistan will leave in the coming months,...
  • Obama pledges to end Afghanistan war at year’s end

    05/25/2014 7:29:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is promising U.S. forces in Afghanistan that America’s longest war will come to a close at the end of the year. The president made a surprise visit Sunday to Bagram Air Field to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend with troops. He says the war is at a pivotal moment, with Afghan forces taking over primary responsibility for the security of their country. …
  • Bitter Harvest (Oliver North)

    08/16/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 17, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — In December 2009, our commander in chief went to West Point and proclaimed that he would withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2014. Since then, he has proudly emphasized that "We are on a course to end this war responsibly." Now U.S. and NATO troops and loyal Afghan soldiers and police officers are reaping the bitter harvest of the seeds that Barack Obama planted with those words. Over the last 10 days, in five separate incidents, seven American military personnel were killed in what used to be called "green on blue attacks" — where Afghan soldiers or...
  • Obama to announce return of 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by end of next year

    06/22/2011 9:19:24 AM PDT · by americanophile · 70 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 22, 2011 | Corbett B. Daly
    President Obama's "surge" of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan announced in late 2009 was meant to be temporary, and Wednesday night the president is expected to announce that they will return home by around the time voters head to the polls to determine whether he gets another term. In prime-time speech to the nation, Obama is expected to say about 5,000 troops will begin coming home this summer with an additional 5,000 troops by the end of this year, sources told CBS News. And about 20,000 more troops are expected to return to the United States by the end of 2012,...
  • Petraeus Would Endorse 30,000 Troops Home by End of 2012(5,000 end of 2011, 5,000 Spring 2012)

    06/20/2011 10:46:35 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Monday, June 20, 2011 | Marc Ambinder
    Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, would endorse a presidential announcement that the 30,000 troops committed as part of a 2009 surge to the country would be back home by end of 2012, military and administration officials tell National Journal. Formally, Petraeus wants to withdraw one brigade combat team of about 5,000 troops by the end of the year, and another 5,000 by the spring of next year. But mindful that the political environment in the U.S. and in Congress has turned sharply against the war, Petraeus is aware that the extra brigades he inherited cannot...
  • Obama: We Will Quit Iraq In 4 Weeks (looks like Iraq is over)

    08/02/2010 7:32:25 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 40 replies · 5+ views
    The Sun (UK paper) ^ | 8-3-2010 | Sun editors
    PRESIDENT Barack Obama has pledged to keep his campaign promise to pull U.S. soldiers out of Iraq by August 31. Obama's vow to end the combat mission in Iraq comes despite increased violence and political tension there. According to official figures, 535 people died in Iraq in July - the highest figure since May 2008, according to The Wall Street Journal. The President said "a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there." "Remember, our nation has had vigorous debates about the Iraq War," Obama said in a speech at the Disabled American Veterans' national convention in Atlanta.
  • Krauthammer Says a Timetable tells Allies "You Will Be Left Naked Against the Taliban" - Video

    12/01/2009 5:12:59 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 547+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 1, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of Charles Krauthammer on "Special Report" questioning if Obama is "committed to success" in Afghanistan. Krauthammer said a timetable for withdrawal sends a bad signal to our allies in Afghanistan by saying "in 18 months the Americans are going to start to leave, and you will be left naked against the Taliban, who will be angry if you help the Americans during the 18 months." (Video)
  • U.S. will be out of Afghanistan by 2017: White House

    11/25/2009 1:36:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,455+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/09 | Ross Colvin and Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will not be in Afghanistan eight years from now, the White House said on Wednesday, as President Barack Obama prepared to explain to Americans next week why he is expanding the war effort. After months of deliberation and fending off Republican charges that he was dithering on Afghanistan while violence there surged, Obama will address the nation on Tuesday on the way forward in the costly and unpopular eight-year war. He is expected to announce he is sending about 30,000 more troops as part of a new counterinsurgency strategy that will place greater emphasis...
  • Angry words as timetable for climate deal slips

    11/05/2009 6:31:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 337+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/5/09 | Richard Ingham
    BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) – Green groups and activists for the developing world accused rich nations of tiptoeing away from vows to seal a binding, far-reaching UN treaty on climate change in Copenhagen next month. Their bitter response came after European Union (EU) negotiators in Barcelona spelt out the likelihood that the much-trumpeted pact would be concluded in 2010, not at the December 7-18 meeting as planned. The talks, launched under a two-year "road map" in Bali, call for a global accord to curb emissions of heat-trapping carbon gases beyond 2012 and channel funds to poor countries most threatened by drought,...
  • German Chancellor Merkel: No timeline to bring troops home from Afghanistan

    08/23/2009 5:18:57 PM PDT · by NCjim · 3 replies · 734+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | August 23, 2009
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that German troops would stay in Afghanistan until their goals were achieved, dismissing the possibility of setting a timeline for withdrawal. In an interview with ZDF television being aired Sunday night, provided in advance to the AP, Merkel said she could not commit to bringing the troops home in a specific timeframe. She said she wanted them home “as soon as possible” but not until the mission was complete. “We have a goal, and that is self-sustaining security for Afghanistan,” she said. She would not speculate on when that goal might be reached....
  • DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Helmick From Iraq [How long in Iraq after 2012?]

    08/20/2009 6:34:36 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 4 replies · 386+ views
    DefenseLink ^ | 20 August 2009 | DoD Transcript
    Q As you say, the complexity of this training effort, particularly with the Iraqi air force -- again, do you think that some trainers, U.S. trainers and mentors, will be needed after 2011? GEN. HELMICK: Well, I guess it depends on how we identify air sovereignty for the Iraqi air force. There will be a team that comes here from Washington, D.C., in the next week or so, to kind of refine where the Iraqi air force is and where they think the Iraqi air force should be, based on the current glide path, if you will, on procurement of...
  • Gates: 'A few years' of combat in Afghanistan

    08/13/2009 6:25:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 558+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | LARA JAKES and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon presented a grim portrait of the Afghanistan war Thursday, offering no assurances about how long Americans will be fighting there or how many U.S. combat troops it will take to win. Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida will take "a few years," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, with success on a larger scale in the desperately poor country a much longer proposition. He acknowledged that the Taliban has a firm hold on parts of the country President Barack Obama has called vital to U.S. security.
  • AMERICA ABSCONDS (IRAQ FEELS ABANDONED BY BAM)

    08/08/2009 4:14:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,379+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 8, 2009 | AMIR TAHERI
    <p>"WHERE are the Ameri cans?" Talk to Iraqis in Baghdad these days, and you'll likely hear the question.</p> <p>Of course, everyone knows where the Americans are physically. The 130,000 US troops cantoned in a diminishing number of barracks outside the cities make their presence felt on occasion. The thousands of civilian Americans who are helping build a new Iraq are also easy to spot.</p>
  • US says troops leaving Iraq, Qaeda crippled (any MSM-libs showcasing this?)

    06/20/2009 3:57:08 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 2,436+ views
    US commander in Iraq claims the military has largely honored the security agreement with Baghdad amid, what he claimed to be, a relative lull in militant activities. On Monday, General Ray Odierno said the pullout from urban areas was on the go with the troops having left the Iraqi forces in charge of 142 former US bases, Xinhua reported. Briefing a press conference in Baghdad, he suggested a link between the withdrawal and an alleged respite in al-Qaeda-linked attacks -- which the United States projects as an outcome its invasion of Iraq. Odierno claimed the US was 'absolutely committed' to...
  • Referendum on SOFA could boot U.S. from Iraq in 2010

    06/14/2009 10:40:51 PM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies · 969+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 15, 2009 | Heath Druzin
    As the U.S. military continues its slow withdrawal from Iraq, the Iraqi people face a decision that might force those efforts into overdrive. A referendum scheduled for July 30 would give Iraqis the chance to vote for or against the Iraqi-U.S. security agreement that calls for all American troops to leave Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. If the referendum goes ahead as scheduled and Iraqi voters reject the agreement — a likely outcome, observers say — the United States would be obliged to pull out troops one year after the vote, or nearly 1½ years before the deadline set by...
  • Marines will come out of Iraq by spring 2010

    06/11/2009 3:55:30 PM PDT · by Paige · 6 replies · 700+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 06/11/2009 | Lolita C. Balbor
    All but a few dozen of the 16,000 Marines now in Iraq will be out by next spring, the Marine Corps commandant said Thursday, putting a solid end date on a long-anticipated exit. Gen. James T. Conway said his Marine commanders are already moving equipment out of Anbar Province, where his forces have largely been concentrated. But the larger exodus will begin shortly after the Iraqi elections....
  • U.S. combat troops to leave all Iraqi cities

    06/02/2009 7:24:44 PM PDT · by Flavius · 24 replies · 1,472+ views
    washington post ^ | June 2, 2009 | By Tim Cocks
    U.S. combat forces will vacate all Iraqi cities on schedule by the end of this month, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Tuesday, including the still violent insurgent holdout of Mosul.