“Last U.S. Soldiers To Exit From Iraq in 2011, Obama Says” (TIMES, 10/22/11)

     Great day in the morning, it looks like the U.S. will actually withdraw all regular military forces from Iraq by 12/31/11!

     HOWEVER, our government “will still keep about 160 military personnel to guard its embassy in Baghdad and manage the continuing military relationship.  There will also be 4000 to 5000 private State Department security contractors, as well as a significant C.I.A. presence.”

     The 160 will have diplomatic immunity.  Will that be the case for the State Department mercenaries and the CIA personnel?  Despite the good news of the withdrawal, these questions have to be asked, especially since the Secretary of Defense wanted to leave a force of 3000 to 5000 troops in this beleaguered country.

     Almost 4500 U.S. service members have died in Iraq, many thousands more have been wounded and at a cost of more than a trillion dollars for a war that never should have been fought; yet, we have officials like Leon Panetta who want to maintain some kind of  presence in the region.

     President Obama should beware of listening to this Rumsfeld in his Cabinet!


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