Bush: Troops to Stay in Iraq Through '08
AP - 19 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home.
I found the AP story after reading your post, but I'm a little confused-did he say this during or after the press conference?
[/Q]During, I believe. He also said this:
Pressed on whether that meant a complete withdrawal would not happen during his presidency, Bush said, "I can only tell you that I will make decisions on force levels based upon what the commanders on the ground say."
White House officials worried Bush's remarks would be read as saying there would not be significant troop reductions during his presidency. They pointed to comments Sunday by Gen. George W. Casey, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, who said he expected a substantial troop reduction "certainly over the course of 2006 and into 2007."
[Q]Fritzer originally wrote:
[Q]djones originally wrote:
Big difference with keeping troops in Iraq as opposed to the places you named: the locals aren't trying to kill them in England, Germany, Japan, and Korea, and they not killing each other as in Iraq, whether you call it sectarian violence or civil war.
Not now, but they were when we started the occupations. As for not being a civil war - if Korea wasn't a civil war, the definition of civil war needs reexamination.
Not being a smart guy with a PHD... but could someone tell me exactly when we occupied England?
Happy to help out, no need to be embarrassed. After Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington, John Paul Jones and a group American Minutemen sailed over for the occupation. Ben Franklin staged marathon orgies with French hookers right in Buckingham Palace.
Better stop this. Some here will take it seriously. Good point. Having troops there by treaty hardly constitutes an occuption.
Whew... I feel better now. Those neocons and their ability to rewrite history had me wondering. I figured next we'd have Pocahontas paddeling a canoe east, across the Atlantic discovering the new world.[smile]
If we would've just blowed up everything in Iraq we wouldn't be having this problem. There would be no controversy, the troops would be home, and we could have a tidalfish middleast board. Wouldn't that be great!