U.S. ends combat operations in Iraq

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  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Mission, er, accomplished. Kinda, sorta.
     
  2. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Do they deploy aircraft carriers in the desert??
     

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    Many troops still left behind for training the Iraqis. I wonder what will happen if civil unrest grows?
     
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    Any idea how many mercenaries private contractors we're leaving behind?
     
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    That's what the CIA and covert ops is for.
     
  6. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    The beginning of the end.
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    It's actually all combat troops that must be out. Don't think for a second that we didn't leave loopholes to make sure we could do what we wanted to do. :(
     
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    Well that is good news, if it happens.
     
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    Hey, my anniversary.

    That didn't turn out so well either. :rolleyes:

    (Translation: I don't believe it.)
     
  10. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    I think I heard a talking head saying there were still going to be something like 50K non-combat personnel after the last troop carrier crossed into Q8. Of course, it could have been 15K, I was not watching the closed-captions.
     
  11. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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    so what will olberman sign off till now :D I'll miss hearing that
     
  12. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

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    I'll be glad my nephew gets to come home my family is still counting down to that
     
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    NYT is reporting that the number of private contractors will double by Fall 2011.
     
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    +1 CIA is all over the place over there. Been there seen that.
     
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    Oh, great. Any Ravenwoo-- er, Blackwater people among those?

    Anyway, while I fully realize this door isn't fully closed, it's nice to see this part at least coming to an end. Wonder if the Republicans will give Obama any props for doing what he said he'd do?

    So...what do you do to commemorate an occasion like this? Put up a monument to one of the biggest war follies of all time? Write the Iraqis a letter saying, "Dudes, sorry we invaded your country for specious reasons, killed thousands and thousands of your countrymen, and turned your place into a ****ing insane free-for-all. Our bad."?
     
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    I'm honestly so over trying to please the GOP. They just keep on bitching like little girls. I could care less what they think.
    Good to see at least this chapter come to an end.
     
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    Stupid CBS! *shakesangryfist*
     
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    IIRC, there were just shy of 100,000 contractors in Iraq as recently as May.

    So what we are doing isn't so much withdrawing as changing uniforms.
     
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    So when can we first expect to hear "cut and run" brought back into the lexicon? </cynicism>
     
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    We shouldn't as it would be political foolishness. Not only is public opinion against the war in Iraq, but more importantly, the timeline of troop withdrawal was negotiated between Iraq's government and the US government... before President Obama was elected. So, as much as I want to give President Obama credit, this is an accomplishment that is actually shared by both the current and former presidents. (One dated cite: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/12/AR2008071201915.html better source for Bush agreement to timeline but not dates: http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5glz91oS2gfjNeEnc434cozHuQynA)
     
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    I'm just convinced that if there's even a glimmer of being able to paint Obama as a chicken who surrendered in Iraq (or something equally as asinine), that some politician or operative will throw it out there often enough that it gains traction.

    Politics has never really been about sincerity or accuracy.
     
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    And changing the rules they play by.
     
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    Troops left behind to train Iraq's military still counts as military operation in my book. So not quite ended.
     
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    Reminds me of 1964.
    We had 100,000 advisors in Vietnam.
     
  25. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

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    We are currently in Vietnam again doing military ops does that mean we are at war with them again too? There are still U.S.bases in Germany and Japan as well--is WWII still going?
     

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