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This sounds like good news to me, as US forces give Iraqi security services the chance to stand or fail on their own. We've given them the tools, and the Iraqis have a republic if they can keep it. So, the military brains at the Pentagon will try to pull some less-needed troops out of harm's way.
Mind you, though, Barack Obama wants credit for it. He also wants an apology from George W. Bush because he finds Dubya to be the Antichrist or something equally repulsive. What are the odds that Senator Obama will try to make it look like the Pentagon-requested pullout is his doing? Here's the second paragraph of the article:
Without citing specific numbers, Obama called for a "limited drawdown" of U.S. troops that would push the fragile Iraqi government to take more responsibility while deploying enough American soldiers to prevent the country from "exploding into civil war or ethnic cleansing or a haven for terrorism."Well, no kidding, Senator! That's what the Pentagon is doing! If Obama tries taking credit for this, he should be awarded the Upper-Class Twit of the Year Award from Monty Python's Flying Circus. In fact, any Democrat politician who tries this stunt should be touted as "getting on board with the Bush Administration's Iraq plan."
Is anyone else with me on this?
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