About That Immediate Withdrawal From Iraq?
No immediate closure of Gitmo and now this? The leftoids must be about to explode:
Since the November election, however, the U.S. and Iraq have signed a new security agreement that provides for all the more than 140,000 U.S. troops to leave by 2012, despite concerns among senior U.S. commanders that Iraqi forces might not be ready by then to ensure stability.
Biden, a Democrat from Delaware who has been a frequent visitor to Iraq as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the agreement sets out a new strategy between Iraq and America, according to al-Dabbagh.
“He said that Obama is committed to withdraw but he wants the withdrawal to be a responsible one. Obama does not want to waste the security gains that have been achieved,” al-Dabbagh said.
Biden and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham arrived in Baghdad on Monday after visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan. But Biden made no public comment about his meetings in the capital, leaving Iraqi officials to describe their meetings.
Biden gave assurances that the new administration will stick to the timetable in the agreement, Al-Dabbagh said.
What that means is there will be no immediate withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq either. And, if you recall the agreement specifics, the 2012 deadline is a best-case dead-line, subject to change if necessary.
So this is “change” I can live with.
The other side?
Not so much.
[Crossposted at QandO]