Obama got his headlines about troops being home by Christmas, so it might not matter so much now if any American troops will remain there. With Gaddafi’s downfall, the Emperor has even claimed that his leadership had made it possible to turn the page on a decade of war and refocus on bolstering the US economy and paying down the national debt.
Well, not quite.
It turns out that American troops will leave Iraq because of the 2008 ‘Status of Forces Agreement’ which Bush negotiated. The Obamses administration tried to extend the occupation but Baghdad wouldn’t extend the current immunity from law which American troops have, so home they go. However, not all troops will be going home. We learn also that ‘a small army’ will remain under the control of the State Department, including a large number of private contractors.
George Carlin’s advice to never, ever believe the government is again proven wise.