Iraq and the troop withdrawal 3 replies

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Commissar MercZ

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#1 7 years ago

Well the big media storm has been the final 'withdrawal' of American troops from Iraq by the end of the year. This is the culmination of a withdrawal timetable that began in the last administration, but was under the assumption that a small presence would remain for training. Some Iraqi political figures were warm to this, particularly those whose positions relied on American backing and security.

However disagreements over the legal immunity for soldiers with the Maliki administration led to these falling through, prompting this final announcement.

Now does this mean the United States is through with Iraq? I think the US will still continue to wage a great deal of power in the nation's politics and economy, but of course this may upset their balance sheet with Iran as far as military power is concerned.




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#2 7 years ago

Looks like a preparation for the election. It also is an opportune moment to get out of Iraq as it is relatively calm there for the moment.

As for Iran, maybe it is good to have 40000 troops freed up so that can be deployed somewhere else, but I don't think an invasion of Iran is likely. If Obama uses military action it will probably be air strikes and in that case having no soldiers in Iraq may be a good thing: if Iran attacks there the Iraqis won't regard it as an attack on American troops in their country but as an attack on their country.




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#3 7 years ago

Last I heard even Muqtada Al Sadr was OK with US trainers staying but wanted US Occupation forces removed. Al Sadr understood that since Iraqi Military is armed with US weapon systems and equipment it makes sense for US to continue training the Iraqi's in its use.

IMHO once US is out Iraqi's can hire competent Companies to rebuild infrastructure since the war profiteers Haliburton and friends were too busy building worthless piles of shit and pocketing the money. How hard is it to build a school where raw sewage doesn't drip through ceiling into rooms below or build showers that dont electrocute people?




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#4 7 years ago

IMHO once US is out Iraqi's can hire competent Companies to rebuild infrastructure since the war profiteers Haliburton and friends were too busy building worthless piles of shit and pocketing the money. How hard is it to build a school where raw sewage doesn't drip through ceiling into rooms below or build showers that dont electrocute people?