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Iraq: Open to US Troops Leaving Early

Thanks to the peaceful transfer of power that happened this week, international players who have been working with President Bush for years may find their relationships with the US changing. As a result, Iraq is preparing security plans just in case President Obama decides to remove all American forces, not just combat troops, well before the 2011 deadline.

Even if it's Plan B, Iraq believes it's prepared to assume all security responsibilities. Speaking up a bit, now that President Bush is back in Texas, Iraq's government said it would be willing to have the US withdraw all troops before the designated date. The message from the Prime Minister's spokesman came yesterday before President Obama met with senior military commanders to discuss his administration's next move.

Do you think it's time for US troops to leave Iraq?


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stephley stephley 8 years
It's not as if Obama is wiping his hands of the region; he'll be actively trying to make things better in more diplomatic ways.
zeze zeze 8 years
The things that worry me about Iraq being responsible for Iraq are - corruption, greed, and Iran. I am worried that while before the war we (as in the US) had nothing to worry about in Iraq - we will now with Iran being so close and so closely allied with the Prime Minister and Sadar's Party.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Yeah tell the boys to start folding the drawrs, oh whait, they go comando don't they? What I didn't get is this bickering about 16 vs. 24 mths. If it takes 24 fine what's a few more months.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I wouldn't pull everything out at once, but I do think it's time to start the process.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I can't say with certainty that it's time for us to completely leave, but I think it is a huge step in the right direction for Iraq to start planning their own security and begin taking responsibility for themselves. I firmly believe that because we invaded and overthrew their leader that we have a responsibility toward Iraq and the Iraqi people to help them help themselves. We can't occupy them forever, but a premature withdrawal could have terrible consequences.
wren1 wren1 8 years
:cheers: Thank God!
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
I agree, if the Iraqui's are ready, bring them home.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I agree with what everyone has said, let Iraq assert its own sovereignty and take the reins. Bring the troops home.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's what Bush had been working toward. I think that if the Iraqi's believe that they can handle it from here, it's time to begin redeploying our troops elsewhere.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
I agree with stephley! Bring our troops home and let the Iraqis be responsible for their own lives. I think that they have the tools to do that now and that they will be ok.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's past time.
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