Obama's Iraq Pullout Plan Would Leave 30-55,000 Troops In Iraq

Thursday, February 26, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm

President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw American troops from Iraq in 19 months would leave behind a "residual" occupation force of between 30,000 and 55,000 American military personnel to provide "security" for Iraq.

That does not sound like much of a "pullout" to us.

The New York Times is reporting that this residual force will "continue training Iraqi security forces, hunt down foreign terrorist cells and guard American institutions."

Wait a second.

That kind of sounds like what American forces are doing right now.

The New York Times also says that one of Obama’s national security advisers stated during the presidential campaign that the "residual force" is likely to be approximately 30,000 to 55,000 troops.

A senior military officer explained the reality of the situation to the Los Angeles Times this way.....

"'When President Obama said we were going to get out within 16 months, some people heard, 'get out,' and everyone's gone. But that is not going to happen,' the officer said."

So where did the 19 month timetable come from?

Well, Obama had publicly expressed a desire for a 16 month timetable for the partial withdrawal, but General David Petraeus wanted a 23 month timetable.

So Obama decided on a compromise timetable, and so now "the pullout" of American troops will happen in 19 months.

But as we have already discussed, it is not a true pullout.

Not that Islamic militants are giving up the fight either.

WorldNetDaily has a very disturbing report about a professor from Kuwait who recently outlined on Arab television a potential terror attack that would involve smuggling anthrax from Mexico into the U.S. and killing 330,000 people in 60 minutes.

This same professor has called Islamic terrorists "the most honorable people in the world".

The truth is that even after the U.S. public forgets about the war on terror, Islamic militants will still be hating the United States - and they will never forgive us.

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