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  • When US Troops Left Too Soon

    05/11/2015 4:42:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, a moment vividly encapsulated by the frenzied scene of South Vietnamese desperately trying to reach the last helicopter on the roof of the American embassy. April was also the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, when Robert E. Lee capitulated to Ulysses S. Grant, bringing the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War to an end.The two episodes seemingly have little to do with each other. But each, in its way, illustrates one of the bleakly recurring themes of US military history: When America's armed forces prematurely abandon the...
  • 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...
  • ‘Astounding': Flashbacks shred Obama claim troop withdrawal from Iraq wasn’t his decision

    08/11/2014 3:36:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | august 9, 2014
    During his statement on the situation in Iraq before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama was asked if he regretted pulling the remaining U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. An agitated Obama answered that it wasn’t his decision. In other words, “Bush’s fault”: -snip Obama campaigned on and eventually took credit for and celebrated the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and now it wasn’t his decision?
  • 10 Reasons Why Iraq's Bloodbath Is Not W's Fault

    06/26/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 26, 2014 | Larry Elder
    1) In 2011, President Barack Obama pronounced Iraq "self-reliant and democratic," and "a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process." In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq "one of the great achievements of this administration." Obama ignored pleas by top generals who advised against pulling out without leaving a residual force. 2) Nearly everybody assumed Saddam Hussein possessed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. Of the newspaper editorials that opposed the war, not one challenged the assumption that Iraq possessed stockpiles of WMD. President George W. Bush...
  • US troop withdrawals spark German job losses

    02/28/2014 11:28:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies ^ | 28 Feb 2014 10:12 GMT+01:00
    Hundreds of Germans will lose their jobs through US Army troop withdrawals under cutbacks announced by the American military. The military announced last week that 554 Germans directly employed by US forces would be made redundant. But the communities around the army bases warned the knock-on effect would be far greater than the headline job loss figure. …
  • Undermining McCain Campaign Attack, Republicans Back Obama‘s Version of Meeting

    09/20/2008 2:29:14 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 65 replies · 378+ views
    ABC news ^ | 8/19/2008 | Jake Tapper and Kirit Radia
    Earlier this week, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seized upon a column in the New York Post that described Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as having urged Iraqi leaders in a private meeting to delay coming to an agreement with the Bush administration on the status of U.S. troops. "Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a drawdown of the American military presence," Post columnist Amir Taheri wrote, quoting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who told the Post that Obama, during his meeting with Iraqi leaders in July, "asked why we were...
  • McClatchey: As U.S.-Iraqi troop talks faltered, Obama didn't pick up the phone

    10/25/2011 6:36:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 10-25-11 | Roy Gutman
    BAGHDAD — Throughout the summer and autumn, as talks on a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq foundered, President Barack Obama and his point man on Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden, remained aloof from the process, not even phoning top Iraqi officials to help reach a deal, according to logs released by the U.S. Embassy here.
  • Iraq Withdrawal, a Gift to Iran (We might be throwing away our gains with premature departure)

    10/24/2011 7:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2011 | The Editors
    If the Iranians pride themselves on playing chess while we play checkers, they never could have expected us to walk away from the board. But that’s our next move in Iraq. President Obama announced on Friday that all of the roughly 40,000 U.S. troops will leave the country by the end of the year. We are thus handing the Iranians a goal they have sought for years — to remove us from Iraq entirely so they can better influence the country for their ends. It once seemed that Iraq could be a strategic ally and base for our influence in...
  • Iraqi Civilians Die in Raid, Complicating Pullout Talks

    08/07/2011 10:15:42 AM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | August 6, 2011 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    BAGHDAD — For the second time in a week, a joint Iraqi-American raid aiming at insurgents resulted in the killing of civilians. Amid pressure from American officials, who privately say some troops should remain, the Iraqi government announced on Wednesday that it would begin negotiations about a continued American troop presence. Some politicians were already railing against the Americans for Friday’s raid, criticizing troops in the local press for once again violating Iraq’s sovereignty. According to American military officials, the operation in Ishaqi was singling out a cell of insurgents who were assembling explosives. It remains unclear whether the insurgents...
  • Uh oh: White House caught lying about Petraeus’s withdrawal recommendations?

    06/28/2011 7:07:04 PM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JUNE 28, 2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Terrific catch by Stephen Hayes from this afternoon’s Afghanistan testimony by Lt. Gen. John Allen. I can’t help but wonder: Why would the White House lie and claim that Obama’s withdrawal plan was within the range of options presented to him by Petraeus? I thought the next 18 months were going to be all about Obama going with his gut. Wingin’ it, if you will. His gut told him that he needs to get reelected, and the easiest way to do that was to yank as many troops as possible out of the country no matter what it might mean...
  • White House pressures GOP leaders for stance on troop withdrawal

    08/31/2010 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    The White House sought on Tuesday to put the pressure on top Republicans to say whether they support the withdrawal of 90,000 troops this month from Iraq. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs questioned GOP leaders — in particular, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) — to say where they stand on the change in mission in Iraq that resulted in the withdrawal of tens of thousands of U.S. troops from the country. "I think what the American people would like to know with Congressman Boehner is: Do you support the withdrawing of 90,000 troops that the president is marking...
  • Will Bam lose Iraq?

    08/03/2010 2:26:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 6+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 3, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    One president gave his pre mature "Mission Accomplished" speech about Iraq on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Now another has given his own version as part of a Chicago-ward-politics sales pitch to disabled veterans. The difference is that the first guy was sincere. President Obama's pork-barrel speech to the Disabled Veterans of America yesterday (if you want to help our vets, shut up and do it) would have drawn a blush from those Soviet propagandists who cropped purged Politburo members from Stalin-era photographs. Ignoring his own opposition to the liberation of Iraq, supporting our troops and the surge, Obama...
  • Disaster by timetable: How US could lose Iraq peace

    02/22/2010 4:22:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 287+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 22, 2010 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    It's a bizarre sight watching Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama trying to grab the credit for American success in the war in Iraq -- a war of which both were outspoken critics. It's a little like someone who's been throwing rocks at a drowning man, demanding a lifesaving medal when the man manages to swim to shore. But now the crucial issue isn't the credit for winning the war. It's whether Obama is up to winning the peace. Simply rechristening the operations in Iraq from Iraqi Freedom to New Dawn, as Obama did this last week, won't cut...
  • Iraq Army to United States, "Oh Won't You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer"

    12/08/2009 7:32:14 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 342+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 12/8/09 | The Lid
    The people of Iraq faced a horrible terrorist attack aimed at their nascent government. At least 127 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, police say. Two car bombs exploded near the labour and interior ministries, two more struck in central Baghdad, and another at a police patrol in Dora, in the south of the city. The first explosion in central Baghdad was heard at 10.25 am (0725 GMT) on Tuesday, with a second blast within seconds and a third one a minute later. Yesteday,...
  • Air Force says goodbye to Camp Bucca

    12/07/2009 3:44:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Shaun Emery, USAF
    CAMP BUCCA — The 586th Air Expeditionary Group's 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron ended operations during a deactivation ceremony here, Dec. 3. The furling of the squadron’s colors marked the end of the its three-year partnership with the Army providing counterinsurgency, detainee operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. The 887th ESFS was activated in May 2007. Since that time, the squadron endured 40 improvised explosive device detonations, cleared another 16 IEDs, and withstood multiple small arms attacks. As a result of their accomplishments, they've been awarded more than 1,000 medals, including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service...
  • Faking an Osama Drama: The Pakistani con game

    12/05/2009 3:19:26 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 553+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 5, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    Reliably sympathetic to non-Western lies, the BBC reported yesterday that a prisoner in Pakistani custody knows a guy who saw Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan last January. Headlines! Now, Osama may, indeed, pop over the border into Afghanistan now and then -- but this report is a shameless Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence agency concoction. Why? Because the Pakistanis have taken a lot of heat recently over suspicions -- including those raised in The Post -- that they know where Osama is but shield him for their own benefit. Even party-line US government officials have grown skeptical about the Pakistani government's...
  • 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...
  • Iraqis uneasy at idea of early US withdrawal

    08/15/2009 2:04:21 PM PDT · by pissant · 14 replies · 710+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 8/15/09 | Kim Gammel
    BAGHDAD -- Unnerved by bombings that have killed hundreds this summer, many Iraqis are losing faith in their own security forces and fear the Americans are leaving too quickly. The misgivings about the U.S. pullback from the cities, and even about the Dec. 31, 2011 deadline for a full withdrawal, come at a time when a senior U.S. officer has suggested the Americans declare victory and leave even sooner. Iraqis, including military commanders, believe their security forces aren't ready to act alone.

    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>