will be mostly finished with security operations by the middle of 2009, the senior U.S. Army officer in charge of training Iraqi forces said on Wednesday. “The ground forces will mostly be done by the middle of next year,” Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik told the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.
I don’t see how John McCain can continue to say that we will have troops in Iraq “for a long time”, in the face of both Army generals and Iraqi legislators. Obama’s promise to bring one to two brigades a month out of Iraq seems totally in line with our military planners on the ground. As the Iraqi’s continue to make it clear, they want us out.
Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the national security adviser, said the government would reject any security agreement that did not include a schedule for the departure of foreign troops.
“We will not accept a memorandum of understanding without having timeline horizons for the cessation of combat operations as well as the departure of all the combat brigades,” Mr. Rubaie said in a telephone interview.
McCain is surrounded by Neocons who had only one thought, replace our former Mideast bases in Saudi Arabia with Mideast bases in Iraq. The very idea of John Bolton as a possible McCain Secretary of State is pretty scary. But I’m sure Mr. Bolton is hopping mad this morning to hear that a U.S. Army General says we’ll be ready to leave Iraq next year.