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Operation Iraqi Freedom officially Over
September 1, 2010
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Has
anyone noticed? The President spoke today. I was at a place with
tv's all over and I was the only one watching it. The rest were
pretending they could sing, or were watching the game. The
President said that the same procedure will be used in Afganistan,
by August of next year.

Combat is ended,
he said. but 1/3 of the troops are going to stay.

We will always be
there.

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Yea I
watched it. 50,000 will stay, to "assist" until some time. 100,000
moved out (I think). Its a big move out and its time.

No we wont be
there eventually, not in any big numbers at least. There's lots of
US troops all over the world in different bases.

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He
talked out of both sides of his mouth, which is typical of every
speech he has ever given. In the same breath, he officially
announced the end of Iraqi Freedom, while stating that troops will
remain to support Iraq in their transition. Seems like a
contradiction to me. What has changed? So, basically we're not
leaving - they're just shifting troops around and coming up with
new and improved reasons for being there. Ridiculous.

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Do
you really think we can abruptly pull all the troops out? They need
to make sure the transition goes smoothly. They pulled out 100,000
troops.

Wikipedia:

The war is a big
complex thing. You cant pull out all the trips Sunday 11am lunch
time or something like that. So why did he call it the end of the
operation, because - that's the combat troops moving out. US troops
had been engaged in active combat for many years. THAT has come to
an end and its a big step.

Everything has to
be done in steps.

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"Do
you really think we can abruptly pull all the troops
out?"

No, not at all. I
didn't say anything about pulling troops out of the middle east.
I'm just commenting on Obama's speech and how his announcement,
though seemingly profound, really didn't yield much change in the
current situation at all. All fluff .... typical.

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Ron
says we can -- maybe not over night, but we can pull out altogether
in a shorter period of time than we probably will, I
think.

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>> really didn't yield much change in the current
situation at all.

It did. 100,000
troops are out. The speech marks the end of an important stage of
the war.

People are
forgetting this that is BUSH's war. Obama has always been against
it. He's doing his best to end it now, in a responsible
way.

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Well,
we shall see. The Vietnam WAr never officially started.

andii

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Obama
is a mere pawn & has f-all to do with it other than mouthin off
about it. A figurehead & nothing more.

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They
got what they wanted, guest. So something was gained by going in
there. It just wasn't in the best interest of the United States as
a country, unless you consider that the "they" in charge believe
they own the county and everything and everyone in it. Watch John
Perken's interview, he tells you why the military went into Iraq
(because the economic hitmen failed to convince and the jackles
couldn't get close enough to do their job)

Obama has shown
that he has "kept my promise" (as Avita said).

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Well
the war itself, whether they should have gone or not, I dont think
they should have. That US/international effort could have been
spent in a better way. Also I cant believe that Saddam Hussein
didnt initiate any meetings or talks with the Americans or the
international community. If he had done that, he would have
prevented all this.

Anyway, now the
war has happened and Bush entered it. People who criticize Obama
for the Iraq war forget that BUSH started it, HE made the decision,
not Obama. Everyone must remember that before criticizing Obama for
anything over the war (unless he did something really
silly).

"They got what
they wanted" - what did they get except a trillion dollar debt?
They didnt get anything.

If there is one
intentional/unintentional (we dont know) positive coming out of
this, its only thing: it acts as a warning for other Muslim
countries to act right and not mess up. Other than that, I think
everything else was a loss in many ways (money, chances of the
international community supporting the US in future missions, loss
of life, emotional cost for all of us - etc).

But I think that
could have been done in a better less costly way. It was the fever
of 9/11 that lead to it. The Afghanistan war of course we know was
the right thing to do in many ways.

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