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Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« on: February 27, 2009, 01:01:25 AM »

Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010


By Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – 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 the Marine Corps base at 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Obama and his top advisers estimated that 35,000 to 50,000 troops would remain in Iraq after the bulk of troops are withdrawn.

Obama campaigned on ending the Iraq war and pledged to do so in 16 months. The withdrawal timetable he is expected to approve stretches over 19 months from his inauguration in January. That means some 100,000 troops would leave over the coming 18 months.

Rep. John McHugh, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Obama promised him to reconsider the new strategy if violence rises. McHugh said he was worried the situation in Iraq remained fragile, especially as it approaches elections in December.

"Our commanders must have the flexibility they need in order to respond to these challenges, and President Obama assured me that there is a 'Plan B,'" McHugh, R-N.Y., said in a statement.

According to one congressional official, lawmakers were told that Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, and Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander in Baghdad, believed the plan presented moderate risk but supported the 50,000 figure.

Some Democrats are skeptical but because they say it would leave too many troops behind.

"I have been one for a long time that's called for significant cutbacks in Iraq, and I am happy to listen to the secretary of defense and the president," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters before the briefing. "But when they talk about 50,000, that's a little higher number than I had anticipated."

In addition to Reid, congressional leaders attending the meeting included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had also been expected to attend as well.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the U.N.'s Security Council on Thursday that the U.S. would move "responsibly and safely" to reduce the U.S. military presence in Iraq.

She said the process of redeploying American combat troops will be carried out in consultation with the Iraqi government "and with its support."

An existing U.S-Iraq agreement, negotiated under President George W. Bush, calls for U.S. combat troops to withdraw from Baghdad and other cities by the end of June, with all American forces out of the country by the end of 2011.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090227/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_iraq   

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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 01:42:21 AM »

Pull out early and cum all over Iraq's belly.
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009, 01:43:16 AM »

Lower back. Definitely the lower back.
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 03:48:57 AM »

Pull out early and cum all over Iraq's belly.

reminds me of ani difranco:

"so it's time to pick through the rubble, clean the streets
and clear the air
get our government to pull its big dick out of the sand
of someone else's desert
put it back in its pants
and quit the hypocritical chants of
freedom forever "
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009, 07:05:56 PM »

Lower back. Definitely the lower back.


 All things considered, that makes more sense.
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 08:08:13 PM »

Lower back. Definitely the lower back.


 All things considered, that makes more sense.

Because we're America, where no means yes, and yes means harder.
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009, 11:39:34 AM »

If Iraq didn't really want it, then why did they wear that sexy dress?
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2009, 11:50:59 AM »

If Iraq didn't really want it, then why did they wear that sexy dress?
You're right, they were totally asking for it.  ;D
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2009, 12:11:26 PM »

If Iraq didn't really want it, then why did they wear that sexy dress?
You're right, they were totally asking for it.  ;D

George and Dick were all like "Iraq, you have a real purty mouth"
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2009, 02:29:46 PM »

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 in Iraq after the bulk of troops are withdrawn.

So... not really a pullout by 2010....

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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2009, 04:41:31 PM »

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 in Iraq after the bulk of troops are withdrawn.

So... not really a pullout by 2010....

after i posted this i heard that they hope to have all troops out of iraq by 2011.

but it doesn't seem to matter now because he decided to start sending troops to afghanistan.

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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2009, 05:34:48 PM »

It's kind of like his tax plan.  No new taxes for any houshold that earns less than $250,000...unless you use gas and electricity.

All troops out of Iraq...and into Afghanistan.
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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2009, 11:34:17 AM »

It's kind of like his tax plan.  No new taxes for any houshold that earns less than $250,000...unless you use gas and electricity.

All troops out of Iraq...and into Afghanistan.

Scarily true.

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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2009, 03:31:47 PM »

It's kind of like his tax plan.  No new taxes for any houshold that earns less than $250,000...unless you use gas and electricity.

All troops out of Iraq...and into Afghanistan.

unfortunately.

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Re: Obama says Iraq pullout by Aug 2010
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2009, 01:46:10 AM »

It's kind of like his tax plan.  No new taxes for any houshold that earns less than $250,000...unless you use gas and electricity.

All troops out of Iraq...and into Afghanistan.
unfortunately.
Isn't that pretty much what he said he'd do during the campaign?

I'd be a lot happier if there were some identifiable objective to the American military
presence in Afghanistan, but at least someone there did actually do something that
might be seen as a valid provocation.

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