Saturday, January 2, 2010

130,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq

The British said cheerio back in July, around the same time the Romanians cleared out "Camp Dracula," their compound on a U.S. base in southern Iraq. Tonga and Kazakhstan left ages ago, and no one seems to remember if any Icelandic forces ever made it to Iraq.

It doesn't matter now, anyway, because as of Friday, former president George W. Bush's "coalition of the willing" formally ceased to exist, leaving only the U.S. military's 130,000 or so forces to shepherd their Iraqi counterparts through a volatile election season before a full American troop withdrawal that's expected by the end of 2011.

I wish someone would ask the "anti war" Congress (elected in 2006) and the "anti war" presidential candidate (elected in 2008) why everyone else was able to withdraw so quickly.

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