Monday, April 13, 2009

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, our new commander in chief

In 2006, the Democrats pledged to end the war in Iraq. U.S. voters gave control of Congress to the Democrats.

In 2008, the Democrats pledged to end the war in Iraq. U.S. voters gave the presidency to the Democrats.

In 2009, "The top U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday that a decision on withdrawing American forces from Iraq's major cities by a June 30 deadline will be made by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with U.S. military advice. Gen. Raymond Odierno did not specifically say whether U.S. troops would leave Iraqi cities by the deadline, which is part of the plan for the gradual drawdown of American forces. . . . "So we will continue to conduct assessments along with the government of Iraq as we move forward (to) the June 30th deadline. If we believe that we'll need troops to maintain a presence in some of the cities, we'll recommend that, but, ultimately, it will be the decision of Prime Minister Maliki," Odierno said."

Or, according to another source, "Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said on Sunday that U.S. forces may have to remain in Iraqi cities past the June 31 deadline for withdrawal. Odierno refused to commit to meeting the deadline, instead saying that the military would “continue to conduct assessments with the Iraqi government” regarding troop presence in the troubled cities of Mosul and Baqubah. If he concludes troops should remain in the cities past the date agreed upon between the United States and Iraqi governments, Odierno said he would make that clear to Iraqis. “We will tell [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki] what we believe is the right thing to do, but ultimately it will be his decision,” Odierno said . . ."

Under which provisions of the U.S. Constitution does the Iraqi prime minister get to make the final decision regarding the placement and deployment of U.S. troops (after U.S. voters made their choices loud and clear in the last two national elections)?

BTW, this is a bipartisan snafu. Bush negotiated the agreement with Maliki, and Obama will abide by it.

And, just in case anyone still cares, "A roadside bomb killed an American soldier north of Baghdad on Sunday, the sixth U.S. combat death in the past three days."

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