President Obama: All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq by End of Year

SaddamVia MSNBC:

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year. The president made the announcement at a White House briefing following a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“As promised the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.

More than 4,400 American military members have been killed, and another 2,000 wounded since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003.

The two countries have been negotiating over whether the United States would leave behind up to several thousand military trainers after year-end, or if all remaining troops would depart as planned by Dec. 31. The main sticking point has been legal immunity for any U.S. forces that remain.

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  • Fuckobama

    Yeah but we still have tens of thousands of troops in Kuwait, Qatar, U.A.E., Bahrain and some in Turkey. Over 100,000 in Afghanistan, some in Kyrgyzstan, and drones attacking Pakistan and Yemen. Obama is a fucking warmongering piece of shit. He is not better than Bush…possibly worse.

  • Fuckobama

    Yeah but we still have tens of thousands of troops in Kuwait, Qatar, U.A.E., Bahrain and some in Turkey. Over 100,000 in Afghanistan, some in Kyrgyzstan, and drones attacking Pakistan and Yemen. Obama is a fucking warmongering piece of shit. He is not better than Bush…possibly worse.

    • Skeptic

      Could not agree with you more!!! And as far as pulling them out of Iraq…will believe when I see it. 

    • Allison

      Afghanistan…. ever heard of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline? That will have to be guarded as long as the Afghan tribes have a hostile mindset. And besides, you can’t just close down all those overseas bases. Where would you put all the soldiers, and what would you do with the factories that produce olive green merchandise.

      One military in a dialogue with Michael Moore deplores the exit from Iraq and if the Parliament in Iraq had indemnified US troops ‘we would be there for decades to come’, he said. Didn’t enter his head that the timeframe might be up to the people of Iraq. There’s 100,000 in Germany and the next German austerity round may cut or eliminate the payments for these troops. They have already closed 31 of their own military bases so …………….

    • Darrell_

      Look back and try to remember what ignorant piece of shit sent them under false pretenses. No one could be worse than Bush illiterate, coke head, fucktard whose family has enjoyed a very lucrative relationship with the Saudis for years. If you understood anything about how government operates you might figure out not everyone just does whatever the hell they want to like Bush. If a democrat got all tyrannical like Bush they would get impeached, but you dipshits act like he is a hero. Rigged elections and bullshit war, but he’s a good ol’ boy from Texas so it’s o k.

  • Skeptic

    Could not agree with you more!!! And as far as pulling them out of Iraq…will believe when I see it. 

  • Skeptic

    Could not agree with you more!!! And as far as pulling them out of Iraq…will believe when I see it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Occupy-Everywhere/100002950194121 Occupy Everywhere

    Obama: “Shit guys, there are angry mobs flooding the streets across the nation. We’re gonna have to keep a promise for once, or things could get ugly”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Occupy-Everywhere/100002950194121 Occupy Everywhere

    Obama: “Shit guys, there are angry mobs flooding the streets across the nation. We’re gonna have to keep a promise for once, or things could get ugly”

    • Jin The Ninja

      or perhaps more cynically, “we’ll need them back home to protect the ruling classes from the unwashed mob.”

      • Redacted

        Not the Army. Marines are a whole different story.

        • Jin The Ninja

          so be wary of marines out en masse?

          • Redacted

            I’d be more worried about the cops at this stage. We’ve got to get our wanted level up a few stars before the military shows up.

  • Anonymous

    oh perhaps more cynically, “we’ll need them back home to protect the ruling classes from the unwashed mob.”

  • Anonymous

    Nine years too late…

    Congrats to the men and women coming home…..good luck finding a job!!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Nine years too late…

    Congrats to the men and women coming home…..good luck finding a job!!

    • Raz

      They can work in blackwater as mercs! Is that how it is working to the american soldiers these days! They come out of a war that started from dubious reasons and end up as contractors in other wars that started also from dubious reasons! Or even better: they end up in the same war that they leave in the first place!

      • Redacted

        I’m sure Blackwater/XE is just hounding all those Army cooks that are getting out.

    • Hadrian999

      don’t worry, they’ll be plenty of work for them in Libya soon

  • Jaspbleu

    I guess it’s cool to hate Obama now. “Hey Obama is ending the war in Iraq, Fuck him!”

  • Jaspbleu

    I guess it’s cool to hate Obama now. “Hey Obama is ending the war in Iraq, Fuck him!”

    • Raz

      Obama is only saying that cause of the elections. After the elections he will make a lie to keep the troops there.

      • Butter Knife

        The election which will not occur until well after the year ends? How would making that particular promise help him if he fails to keep it?

        • Redacted

          True. I suppose there will have to be a terrorist plot.

          BUT! Oh god, the IRAQIS did it!

          Just putting that out there.

        • Raz

          Do you really believe that it is literally the end of the year do you? He already did that, and the pentagon too, they said that they were about to leave Iraq and until now nothing happened!

    • Jin The Ninja

      “I’m disappointed that this ended with such a whimper, that the only
      reason we’re leaving Iraq right now is because the Iraqi parliament
      refused to indemnify U.S. troops from war crimes prosecution. If they
      had, we’d still be there for decades to come. We’re leaving because—for
      that reason only.”

      Democracy Now 24/10/11

      Hard to appreciate integrity where there is none. obama brought this animosity on himself.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JR6QMHI5D3L6Z4JJBSAKO4KJBE brock

    “…and another 2,000 wounded since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003.”

    I think they’re missing a digit or two on that one. The official count is 33k and there are apparently 150k currently claiming disability benefits.

    http://www.antiwar.com/glantz/?articleid=10262

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JR6QMHI5D3L6Z4JJBSAKO4KJBE brock

    “…and another 2,000 wounded since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003.”

    I think they’re missing a digit or two on that one. The official count is 33k and there are apparently 150k currently claiming disability benefits.

    http://www.antiwar.com/glantz/?articleid=10262

  • Raz

    Obama is only saying that cause of the elections. After the elections he will make a lie to keep the troops there.

  • Raz

    They can work in blackwater as mercs! Is that how it is working to the american soldiers these days! They come out of a war that started from dubious reasons and end up as contractors in other wars that started also from dubious reasons! Or even better: they end up in the same war that they leave in the first place!

  • Nunzio X

    Well, fuck.

    There’s always Iran. I mean, it’s in the Middle East, and the country starts with an “I” and they didn’t do anything to the US and we make shit up about them.

    Yeah, Iran. Whew! For a minute there, I thought we’d run out of countries to invade.

  • Nunzio X

    Well, fuck.

    There’s always Iran. I mean, it’s in the Middle East, and the country starts with an “I” and they didn’t do anything to the US and we make shit up about them.

    Yeah, Iran. Whew! For a minute there, I thought we’d run out of countries to invade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BY6K4DLG4FCJTDIXFHCUCTAP2U NukL

    Apparently the 100,000 “contractors” (i.e. mercenaries) on US payroll there don’t count as “troops”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BY6K4DLG4FCJTDIXFHCUCTAP2U NukL

    Apparently the 100,000 “contractors” (i.e. mercenaries) on US payroll there don’t count as “troops”.

    • Redacted

      I will inform the many thousands of private contractors who handle food preparation and laundry that they are Mercenary Cooks and Levied Launderers.

  • Hadrian999

    don’t worry, they’ll be plenty of work for them in Libya soon

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure Blackwater/XE is just hounding all those Army cooks that are getting out.

  • Anonymous

    Not the Army. Marines are a whole different story.

  • Yer Dad

    “I guess it’s cool to hate Obama now. “Hey Obama is ending the war in Iraq, Fuck him!””
    no, it’s been very cool to hate him in many quarters before he was even elected.
    Nice try though.

  • Yer Dad

    “I guess it’s cool to hate Obama now. “Hey Obama is ending the war in Iraq, Fuck him!””
    no, it’s been very cool to hate him in many quarters before he was even elected.
    Nice try though.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Finally after nine years the war based on lies comes to an end.
    I’ll believe it when it actually happens.

    Obama should be congratulated for acquiescing to the inevitable
    but he would be a hero if he had Bush and Cheney arrested and tried for war crimes.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Finally after nine years the war based on lies comes to an end.
    I’ll believe it when it actually happens.

    Obama should be congratulated for acquiescing to the inevitable
    but he would be a hero if he had Bush and Cheney arrested and tried for war crimes.

    • Nobody

      “Obama is only saying that cause of the elections.”
      The painfully obvious first thought. I’m disgusted.

      “coming back to control protests here, i hope not.”

      While I don’t completely rule anything out, I think that’s paranoid as
      it’s just too impractical. I don’t know enough about the logistics
      though.

      “There’s always Iran.”
      We have a winner. The recent Iranian terrorist plot seems to suggest this.

      “he would be a hero if he had Bush and Cheney arrested and tried for war crimes.”
      That would be quite impossible without putting his own neck on the line, since he’s guilty of at least as much as they are at this point.

      “I guess it’s cool to hate Obama now.”
      I think a lot of moderates of all gradients thought (incorrectly, because almost everyone is ignorant of these kinds of things) that he was much more liberal than he was. Then again, he did say he would bring the troops home. We just didn’t do our homework. He continued Bush’s wars and torture, expanded and escalated the wars, and failed to hold the financial sector responsible for the recession they caused.

  • V.

    coming back to control protests here, i hope not.

  • V.

    coming back to control protests here, i hope not.

  • Simiantongue

    It’s just a change of terminology. The military is mostly pulling out and the State department is taking it private.

    Lets start calling the “mercenaries”, “contractors”.
    Instead of “military bases” they’ll now be called, um… “fortified compounds”. Yeah that’s the ticket!
    “CIA operatives” can be “diplomatic staff”.
    The thousands of “occupying military forces” still left will be “reserve security” for the State Department’s militarization.

  • Simiantongue

    It’s just a change of terminology. The military is mostly pulling out and the State department is taking it private.

    Lets start calling the “mercenaries”, “contractors”.
    Instead of “military bases” they’ll now be called, um… “fortified compounds”. Yeah that’s the ticket!
    “CIA operatives” can be “diplomatic staff”.
    The thousands of “occupying military forces” still left will be “reserve security” for the State Department’s militarization.

  • Nobody

    “Obama is only saying that cause of the elections.”
    The painfully obvious first thought. I’m disgusted.

    “coming back to control protests here, i hope not.”

    While I don’t completely rule anything out, I think that’s paranoid as
    it’s just too impractical. I don’t know enough about the logistics
    though.

    “There’s always Iran.”
    We have a winner. The recent Iranian terrorist plot seems to suggest this.

    “he would be a hero if he had Bush and Cheney arrested and tried for war crimes.”
    That would be quite impossible without putting his own neck on the line, since he’s guilty of at least as much as they are at this point.

    “I guess it’s cool to hate Obama now.”
    I think a lot of moderates of all gradients thought (incorrectly, because almost everyone is ignorant of these kinds of things) that he was much more liberal than he was. Then again, he did say he would bring the troops home. We just didn’t do our homework. He continued Bush’s wars and torture, expanded and escalated the wars, and failed to hold the financial sector responsible for the recession they caused.

  • Anonymous

    I will inform the many thousands of private contractors who handle food preparation and laundry that they are Mercenary Cooks and Levied Launderers.

  • Butter Knife

    The election which will not occur until well after the year ends? How would making that particular promise help him if he fails to keep it?

  • Anonymous

    True. I suppose there will have to be a terrorist plot.

    BUT! Oh god, the IRAQIS did it!

    Just putting that out there.

  • Raz

    Do you really believe that it is literally the end of the year do you? He already did that, and the pentagon too, they said that they were about to leave Iraq and until now nothing happened!

  • 5by5

    One idiotic, pointless war ended. One to go.

  • 5by5

    One idiotic, pointless war ended. One to go.

  • Anonymous

    so be wary of marines out en masse?

  • Anonymous

    I’d be more worried about the cops at this stage. We’ve got to get our wanted level up a few stars before the military shows up.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m disappointed that this ended with such a whimper, that the only
    reason we’re leaving Iraq right now is because the Iraqi parliament
    refused to indemnify U.S. troops from war crimes prosecution. If they
    had, we’d still be there for decades to come. We’re leaving because—for
    that reason only.”

    Democracy Now 24/10/11

    Hard to appreciate integrity where there is none. obama brought this animosity on himself.

  • Allison

    Afghanistan…. ever heard of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline? That will have to be guarded as long as the Afghan tribes have a hostile mindset. And besides, you can’t just close down all those overseas bases. Where would you put all the soldiers, and what would you do with the factories that produce olive green merchandise.

    One military in a dialogue with Michael Moore deplores the exit from Iraq and if the Parliament in Iraq had indemnified US troops ‘we would be there for decades to come’, he said. Didn’t enter his head that the timeframe might be up to the people of Iraq. There’s 100,000 in Germany and the next German austerity round may cut or eliminate the payments for these troops. They have already closed 31 of their own military bases so …………….

  • Darrell_

    Look back and try to remember what ignorant piece of shit sent them under false pretenses. No one could be worse than Bush illiterate, coke head, fucktard whose family has enjoyed a very lucrative relationship with the Saudis for years. If you understood anything about how government operates you might figure out not everyone just does whatever the hell they want to like Bush. If a democrat got all tyrannical like Bush they would get impeached, but you dipshits act like he is a hero. Rigged elections and bullshit war, but he’s a good ol’ boy from Texas so it’s o k.

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