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Obama to cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq to 50,000 by end of August

IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

http://www.fox13now.com/news/nationworld/sc-dc-0803-obama-iraq-20100802,0,2419036.story

The president gave assurances that U.S. forces in Iraq will drop to 50,000 by the end of the month – a reduction of 94,000 troops since he took office 18 months ago. The remaining troops will form a transitional force until a final U.S. withdrawal from the country at the end of 2011, he said.

Obama used the upcoming milestone to highlight what he sees as both a bright spot on his foreign policy agenda and a campaign promise close to fulfillment.

During his campaign, Obama pledged to bring a swift and orderly end to a war he said he would not have waged, though the departure has not been as quick as he had initially promised. Shortly after taking office, the president revised a 16-month withdrawal timeframe and set the Aug. 31 deadline.

 
mommy_of_two388

Asked by mommy_of_two388 at 11:37 PM on Aug. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • We should cut em to ZERO NOW!! This is a religious war we have NO business being in in the first place.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 8:25 AM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Has anyone read anywhere about the plans for the quarter million plus PMC's we have there?
    I just find it difficult to believe that we built the largest, most well fortified 'embassy' in the world in Iraq, and we don't plan on utilizing that space as a jumping off point to military engagements further east.
    Jenny-talia

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 11:40 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • This is following Bush's established time line. There was no logical way to immediately withdraw all troops on Jan 21 as you seem to think would happen. In fact, this is far sooner than the original proposed date of 12/2011--again set by Bush.

    How many of these wars did Obama START? This wouldn't even be an issue if the wars hadn't been started by Bush (sorry folks, you can't deny this!)
    Youngwifey2

    Answer by Youngwifey2 at 12:19 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Good thing! We are going to need them for Iran. It is only a matter of time before we are forced into a war with them.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:27 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Yeah but now he'll send the ones that are being pulled out over to Afghanistan this war will never end.
    MamaDawn0223

    Answer by MamaDawn0223 at 11:48 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • its never gonna end until we get a better president. i should know, my husband is in the army. he wont be deploying with his unit again next summer because his contract is ending in Nov 2011. he doesnt get to go to Afghanistan...
    aeroslove

    Answer by aeroslove at 11:52 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • And to think Obama said the serge would not work.


    I wonder if he will give Bush any credit?

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 12:16 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • During his campaign, Obama pledged to bring a swift and orderly end to a war he said he would not have waged, though the departure has not been as quick as he had initially promised. Shortly after taking office, the president revised a 16-month withdrawal timeframe and set the Aug. 31 deadline.


    He promised to SAFELY withdrawel...whats more important....saving the deadline or doing it WHEN it is SAFER? I'll take option 2

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:26 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Still, for a White House beleaguered on other fronts – from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to increasing violence in Afghanistan - Iraq is seen as a success story the administration intends to tell. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials will emphasize progress in Iraq in a series of speeches in the coming weeks, the White House said. On Monday, Obama addressed a convention of the Disabled American Veterans before speaking at a high-dollar fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

    The speech served as a sort of pivot for the president as he tries to regain Congress' confidence that the American-led mission in Afghanistan is succeeding. Last week, 102 Democrats in the House voted against a $59 billion appropriation for both wars, 70 more than opposed a war spending bill a year ago.
    mommy_of_two388

    Comment by mommy_of_two388 (original poster) at 11:37 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • Well atleadt he's doing something right
    jmcwilly

    Answer by jmcwilly at 11:40 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

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