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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.

    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 1˝ 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.
  • Army chief says US ready to be in Iraq 10 years (retirement time!)

    05/26/2009 3:57:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 1,227+ views
    AP ^ | 5/26/2009
    The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday. Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, said the world remains dangerous and unpredictable, and the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said. "They fundamentally will change how the Army works." He spoke at an invitation-only briefing to a dozen journalists and...
  • U.S. On Track to Meet Withdrawal Deadlines, Odierno Says

    04/12/2009 12:26:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 354+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2009 – The U.S. is on track to meet the terms of a timeline of withdrawal from Iraq, the top American commander in Iraq said today. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said he believes the U.S. is prepared to fulfill a deal requiring U.S. forces to leave major Iraqi cities by June 30 and all combat troops to depart the country by the end of 2011. “We continue to work with the government of Iraq so they can meet that timeline so that they are able to maintain stability after...
  • As Marines' exit gathers pace, some Iraqis fret

    04/11/2009 2:32:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 808+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | Chelsea J. Carter - ap
    RAMADI, Iraq – As the Marine Corps shrinks its footprint in Iraq's western desert, Iraqi community leaders here are publicly voicing worries about what will happen once the Americans are gone. They fear a wave of corruption and the return of the insurgency that once held sway over the area. Marines have begun divorcing themselves from the task of advising local leaders, the clearest signal that their role in Anbar province is quickly nearing its end. An Associated Press reporter embedded with the troops witnessed two cases in a single day of Iraqis — a headmistress and a party of...
  • Exit strategy is still forming

    03/19/2009 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 280+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 19, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    Iraqi, U.S. officials cite different pullout terms As the endgame of the U.S. involvement in Iraq develops, some plans are in place but there are several practical questions that remain unanswered. Under the withdrawal plan announced by President Barack Obama in late February, some 35,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq from summer 2010 to the end of 2011. Their mission is supposed to be limited to training Iraqi forces, conducting counter-terrorism operations, and protecting U.S. civilian and military personnel operating in the country. Some of the previous ideas about a continuing U.S. presence in the region have...
  • Iraqi Forces Weary of America's Troop Withdrawal

    03/09/2009 7:44:07 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 14 replies · 999+ views
    Grenades lie unattended next to a west Mosul bazaar. Garbage bags throughout the city are searched daily for bombs. At a sprawling sheep market, Iraqi army soldiers are careful not to kick over rocks for fear of setting off hidden explosives. War has ebbed in most parts of Iraq, but not in Mosul, the third-largest city and Al Qaeda's last stronghold in the fragile new democracy. And time is running out on the around-the-clock U.S. military patrols of Mosul. U.S. troops must vacate cities by June 30 under an agreement with the Iraqis, and President Obama is ending all American...
  • Leaders Begin Troop Withdrawal in Iraq, General Says

    03/09/2009 5:18:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 288+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 9, 2009 – Military leaders in Iraq have begun working toward achieving President Barack Obama’s goal of a complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2010, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during a briefing from Iraq yesterday. “Between now and September … we’ll be reducing by two brigade combat teams here on the ground in Iraq,” Army Maj. Gen. David Perkins, the command’s director for strategic effects, said. “We’ll also be reducing the number of various enablers.” Enablers are the units that make it possible for the brigade combat teams to carry out their missions,...
  • Admiral Mike Mullen Says He is Comfortable with Obama Iraq Withdrawal Plan - Video 3/1/09

    03/02/2009 6:03:25 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 474+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | March 2, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Admiral Mike Mullen - talking with CNN's John King yesterday about President Obama's timeline for withdrawal of all U.S. "Combat" Troops from Iraq. Mullen says he is very comfortable with the plan decided on, and that Obama did listen to his commanders in the field in making this decision. It is hilarious to me that Obama is touting the withdrawal of all "combat" troops by August 2010 to cover himself on his campaign pledge to pull out of Iraq. The only thing is, he is leaving 50,000 Troops...
  • Battle building amongst Dems over Iraq troop-reduction plan (Murtha says all out now!)

    03/01/2009 12:56:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 35 replies · 1,177+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 3-1-09 | Susan Ferrechio
    Battle building amongst Dems over Iraq troop-reduction planBy Susan Ferrechio Chief Congressional Correspondent 3/1/09 “I don’t think we should leave any troops there,” Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who heads the defense appropriations subcommittee that allocates war funds said about the troop-reduction plan. ..Congressional Democrats’ misgivings about President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce troop levels in Iraq has set the stage for potentially major conflicts between Capitol Hill and the White House in the months ahead.Obama’s announcement Friday that he will leave between 35,000 and 50,000 troops in Iraq after August 2010 brought lukewarm responses from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,...
  • What Obama Didn't Say in His 18-Month Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

    02/28/2009 9:14:44 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 9 replies · 623+ views
    AINA (Assyrian International News Agency) ^ | February 27, 2009 | Anna Mulrine
    President Obama's announcement of an 18-month timeline today for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq included a notable nod to his U.S. military commanders. "Let there be no doubt," he acknowledged during a visit to Camp Lejeune, N.C. "Iraq is not yet secure." He added that "too many fundamental questions remain unresolved." No one is more aware of this point than the U.S. military. President Obama's plan to bring U.S. troops home ultimately represents a compromise between top U.S. military commanders on the ground in Iraq--who pushed for a slower-than-16-month timeline while warning the president and his advisers that Iraq...
  • Obama strikes back at budget critics

    02/28/2009 1:04:10 PM PST · by topfile · 178 replies · 6,188+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2009 | Jon Ward
    President Obama on Saturday struck back aggressively at critics of his $3.6 trillion budget proposal, casting himself as a populist crusader whose "sweeping change" has angered Washington's entrenched special interests, and promised to fight them. "I realize that passing this budget won't be easy. Because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington," Mr. Obama said in his weekly video and radio address. Mr. Obama's language was combative and confrontational, as he promised to fight for "American families." "I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists...
  • Republicans back new withdrawal timetable [McCain "one of the chief cheerleaders"] [WOT] [Iraq]

    02/27/2009 11:06:37 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 661+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 2009-02-27
    By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Andrew Ward at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to remove combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of entering the White House. John McCain, his opponent, strongly disagreed with the imposition of an artificial timetable, saying he would rather lose the presidency than the war. It is a measure of how much has changed over the past six months that Mr McCain is now one of the chief cheerleaders for Mr ObamaÂ’s plan to withdraw US combat troops from Iraq by August 2010. The former Republican presidential nominee...
  • Obama Gives Iraq to Al-Qaeda

    02/28/2009 10:17:09 AM PST · by cardinal4 · 15 replies · 529+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 28 Feb 09 | Patrick Truax
    In announcing the US’s plans to withdraw from Iraq, and going as far as setting a date, President Obama has literally given away the Iraqi store. Citing progress, the continually improving Iraqi training cycles, and Afghanistan the United States has given the terrorist organization plenty of times to order new drapes and carpeting.
  • Obama unveils Iraq pullout plan (All troops out by end of 2011. Sounds like a Bush plan.)

    02/28/2009 5:29:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 880+ views
    boston globe ^ | 2/28/2009 | Joseph Williams
    After nearly six years of war and 4,300 US military deaths, President Obama declared yesterday that combat operations in Iraq will end in 18 months and that most US troops will head home by then - but that the vast majority of the 142,000 troops now on the ground will stay through the end of this year to safeguard Iraq's national elections in December. The president announced that 35,000 to 50,000 troops will stay in the country as late as Dec. 31, 2011, the full withdrawal deadline set by Iraqi leaders and President George W. Bush, and that Obama pledged...
  • Congress finds consensus on Iraq plan

    02/28/2009 3:43:55 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 3 replies · 308+ views
    PeoplePC Online ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - After years of bitterly debating whether to set a timetable for troop withdrawals in Iraq, Congress has agreed to one. The general consensus came Friday in the form of statements endorsing President Barack Obama's plan to bring home roughly two-thirds of the U.S. military force in Iraq by August 2010. It was a compromise of sorts for the Democratic president, who campaigned on the promise of bringing every soldier and Marine home from Iraq within 16 months of taking office. His plan paves the way for some 100,000 troops to come home and as many as 50,000 troops...

    02/28/2009 2:45:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1,439+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 28, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    YESTERDAY, President Obama went to Camp Lejeune. He spoke in front of US Marines, but his real audience was his left-wing campaign supporters. And his carefully worded speech - its parsing of language worthy of Bill Clinton - may go down in history as his "Mission Accomplished" moment. We'll see who leaves Iraq when. During last year's presidential campaign, it was evident that Obama wouldn't keep his promises to his leftist base to pull our troops out rapidly. While he benefited greatly from the troop surge he opposed - which handed him a convalescent Iraq - he's learning that reality...
  • Obama Iraq Plan Might End the War, But Will It Complete the Mission?

    02/27/2009 3:49:33 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 7 replies · 410+ views ^ | Friday, February 27, 2009 |
    In 18 months, President Obama plans to give America what it hoped it had six years ago -- its "Mission Accomplished" moment in Iraq.Obama announced Friday his plan to end combat operations in Iraq by the end of August 2010, saying the goal of a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant" Iraq is achievable. Senior officials said the war, effectively, will end before Labor Day next year. But even supporters of the plan warn that any success in Iraq is fragile. And even if the war is over, the job still is far from done. President Bush was accused of prematurely declaring victory in...
  • The Bush Pullout

    02/27/2009 5:21:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 740+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 27, 2009
    Iraq War: President Obama traveled to Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Friday to announce that the U.S. would stay in Iraq at least until 2012 and keep 50,000 troops there even after combat ends. Sound familiar?Obama's withdrawal plan would take U.S. forces in Iraq down from a current 142,000 troops to 35,000 to 50,000. Under the status of forces agreement between the U.S. and Iran, negotiated and signed last year by the Bush administration, all forces must be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. In short, though President Obama will get credit, it was Bush's plan — not Obama's....
  • Democrats dismayed by Barack Obama's decision to leave 50,000 US troops in Iraq

    02/27/2009 6:05:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies · 2,029+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/28/2009 | Tim Reid in Washington
    President Obama announced the withdrawal yesterday of more than 90,000 US combat troops from Iraq by August next year but his decision to keep a force of up to 50,000 was attacked by leaders of his party as a betrayal of his promise to end the war. Mr Obama's drawdown plan was even embraced by Republicans — including John McCain, his election opponent last year — but was criticised by anti-war liberals. It was the latest of several moves by the President that have disappointed the Left, who had convinced themselves that he would end the US presence in Iraq...
  • Obama's Troop Drawdown Decision Will End Iraq War in Late 2010, Officials Say

    02/27/2009 8:40:02 AM PST · by kellynla · 106 replies · 4,848+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | February 27, 2009 | Major Garrett
    Obama told top leaders in Congress on Thursday that he will transition the mission in Iraq to training, advising and engaging in limited counter-terrorist operations.
  • Freep This Poll. (President Barack Obama says he'll withdraw America's combat brigades from Iraq)

    02/27/2009 5:29:49 PM PST · by JessieHelmsJr · 30 replies · 766+ views
    President Barack Obama says he'll withdraw America's combat brigades from Iraq over the next 18 months. Do you think this is a good plan?
  • Anti-War Activists Disappointed With Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Plan

    02/27/2009 4:19:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | Feb. 27, 2009
    What Candidate Obama promised and President Obama delivered has many of his most ardent supporters on the left -- from members of Congress down to grassroots anti-war activists -- wondering whether he can be counted on to advance the liberal agenda. The president, speaking to Marines in Camp Lejeune, N.C, on Friday, announced that the U.S. will end the Iraq war over the next 18 months, ordering the immediate drawdown of the 142,000 troops in Iraq. The war will officially end on Aug. 31, 2010. But Obama's withdrawal plan will take three months longer than he promised on the campaign...
  • President’s Plan for Withdrawal From Iraq Is Attacked From Both Fronts

    02/26/2009 9:36:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 6 replies · 574+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2-25-09 | Josh Rogin, CQ Staff
    CQ TODAY PRINT EDITION – DEFENSE Feb. 25, 2009 – 7:41 p.m. President’s Plan for Withdrawal From Iraq Is Attacked From Both Fronts By Josh Rogin, CQ Staff Senior lawmakers from both parties criticized President Obama’s soon-to-be announced Iraq withdrawal plan from different directions Wednesday, setting the stage for a contentious debate over one of the president’s top campaign promises. Obama’s new withdrawal schedule, which reportedly will be unveiled this week, is expected to call for removing most major combat forces from Iraq by August 2010. The strategy would also leave up to 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq for various...
  • Obama tells lawmakers troops to leave Iraq by 2010

    02/26/2009 6:27:35 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 456+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 26, 2009 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told lawmakers on Thursday he plans to withdraw most American troops from Iraq by August 2010 but leave tens of thousands behind to advise Iraqi forces and protect U.S. interests, congressional officials said. Obama is expected to announce the new strategy on Friday during a trip to Camp Lejeune, N.C. In a closed-door meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders, Obama and his top advisers estimated that 35,000 to 50,000 troops would remain. Among those attending the meeting were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader John...
  • US officials: Troops to leave Iraq in 18 months

    02/25/2009 4:17:44 AM PST · by dead · 16 replies · 621+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | ANNE GEARAN and PAMELA HESS
    President Barack Obama is expected to order all U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said, closing the door on a war that has led to the death of 4,250 American soldiers...
  • Officials: US troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

    02/24/2009 1:46:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 602+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 24, 2009 | PAMELA HESS and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – The United States plans to withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010, 19 months after President Barack Obama's inauguration, according to administration officials. The withdrawal plan would fulfill one of Obama's central campaign pledges, albeit a little more slowly than he promised. He said he would withdraw troops within 16 months, roughly one brigade a month from the time of his inauguration. The officials said they expect Obama to make the announcement this week. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public
  • Obama to Announce Iraq Withdrawals to be Completed in 19 Months

    Administration officials say President Barack Obama is planning to announce that most U.S. troops will be out of Iraq in less than 19 months.
  • Santorum warns against withdrawal (speaking at UNL tonight)

    02/17/2009 8:30:18 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 13 replies · 676+ views ^ | 2-16-09 | Don Walton
    The United States needs to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan until it has achieved a decisive victory over Islamic jihadists, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Monday. “Containing them is not enough,” the two-term conservative Republican senator said during a telephone interview. Santorum, who will be in Lincoln Tuesday for two speaking appearances, said Islamic radicals view the election of President Barack Obama as a signal that the United States is “in the process of surrender.” Obama plans to order a phased withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq over the next 16 months. Although he is preparing to send...
  • Obama slows down troop boost decision (White flag alert)

    02/16/2009 6:57:54 AM PST · by pabianice · 45 replies · 1,836+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/16/09 | Cloud
    A more methodical and independent decision-making style than expected has surprised U.S. military officials. President Barack Obama is refusing to be rushed into his first decision to send troops into combat, an early sign he may be more independent-minded than U.S. military leaders expected. The new president's methodical decision-making offers an early insight into how the new commander in chief will approach the war in Afghanistan and has surprised some Pentagon officials, who had predicted repeatedly in the past two weeks that Obama would decide within days on additional forces, only to find the White House taking more time. Rather...
  • Generals Seek to Reverse Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision (are generals revolting on obama??)

    02/03/2009 2:59:49 PM PST · by chevydude26 · 191 replies · 5,424+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) - CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21. But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn't convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting. Obama's decision to override...
  • Pentagon brass chafes at Obama's Iraq pullout plan

    02/03/2009 11:58:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 137 replies · 4,515+ views
    Inter Press Service/Lebanon Star ^ | February 03, 2009 | Gareth Porter
    WASHINGTON: CENTCOM commander General David Petraeus, supported by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to pullout all US combat troops from Iraq within 18 months at an Oval Office meeting on January 21, sources have said. But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen that he wasn't convinced and wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting. Obama's decision to override Petraeus' recommendation...