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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:42 PM
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Military to Iraq: Are You Really Gonna Kick Us Out?
By Spencer Ackerman April 14, 2011 | 9:45 am | Categories: Iraq

There are fewer than nine months left in the U.S. militarys long war in Iraq. By the end of the year, the remaining 47,000 U.S. troops will finish packing up their gear and leaving. Its safe to say their leaders are feeling a certain separation anxiety.

Most notably, Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Iraq last week and loudly warned that its fractious political leadership was running out of time to request the U.S. to stay. If that construction seems odd and reminiscent of a jilted lover its out of diplomatic necessity and bureaucratic reality. The U.S. and Iraq signed an accord in 2008 mandating a full military withdrawal. To halt that withdrawal requires a cumbersome renegotiation, and the host nation has to initiate it. Clocks ticking.

Gates has signaled for months that hed be open to keeping some residual force in Iraq. But now that Iraq has traded places with Afghanistan as a forgotten war, hes been a chorus of one. Now the military command in Baghdad is starting to register angst. An anonymous senior military official assembled reporters on Wednesday to warn that a continued U.S. presence would be best for Iraq, especially if the country wants to avoid the political turmoil plaguing its neighbors.

Thats an odd message to send. The U.S. war in Iraq has been an anguished experience. Nearly 4450 U.S. troops have lost their lives there most recently on Sunday. And the two-year long drawdown has largely been successful, even while Iraq spent months without an elected government in 2010, avoiding the predictions of a return to chaos. Now that getting out looks doable, U.S. officials arent arguing that staying in Iraq is in the U.S. interest, theyre arguing its a great deal for the Iraqis.

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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:58 PM
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1. Just trying to justify their existence there. War = $...n/t
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:04 PM
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2. The MILITARY DOES not like to withdraw from occupied territory. TOO BAD LEAVE
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:35 PM
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3. They need more time to pack up all the flowers and candy flung at them.
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