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Iraq Elections May Delay Afghan Troops

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Iraq election row could impact U.S. pullout: official

By Adam Entous

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s timetable for drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Iraq next year could be changed if the country’s January election is postponed, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

Any delay in withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq could make it harder for the U.S. military to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan to counter a resurgent Taliban, as proposed by the top U.S. and NATO commander there.

Obama has yet to decide on General Stanley McChrystal’s request.

Iraq’s fractious parliament has so far failed to agree on a law that will determine how the next election is run, raising fears that the vote may have to be delayed.

Obama personally pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the White House on Tuesday to complete the election law so the poll can take place as planned on January 16

If an agreement is not reached soon, she said, the United States would then have to "engage with the government of Iraq to do some contingency planning on how to secure the elections at a later date, and that might well have implications."

Provided the security situation is stable after August 31, 2010, the United States would draw down to a 50,000-member transition force. That force would train and equip Iraqi forces, and protect provincial reconstruction teams, international projects and diplomatic staff.

So far, the U.S. military shows no sign of slowing its withdrawal…

Officials acknowledge that any increase in troop levels in Afghanistan could hinge on drawing down the number in Iraq on schedule.

So now Obama is using the Iraqi elections as excuse for not sending more troops to Afghanistan.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Iraq Elections May Delay Afghan Troops”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    He’s such an asshole.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    Liberals like to lose while pretending to make an effort.

  3. wirenut says:

    You see, it’s not really the coward and chiefs fault. Its the Iraqi elections or the corrupt Afghan governments fault. Shameful to the core. To play politics with brave men and women’s lives makes me wretch. Would somebody lift up the Messiah’s sundress and see if he’s plumbed correctly, OR at all? He cannot be a man. No need to look to Afghanistan.
    We got all the corruption right here in the WH.

    • proreason says:

      The boy king has soared through life untouched by corruption, bad decisions or mean spiritedness.

      Even though he has been surrounded by, even immersed in, associates who wallow in all three.

      Isn’t it amazing?

      So here again, we have a situation where he is Zeus on Mt Olympus, struggling with a decision greater than any President has ever had to make, and what happens….yep, those dastardly Iraqis are blocking the passing of the regal turd by delaying their elections.

      Such is the life of a god man.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I have Anderson’s book, Barack And Michelle and could not get through more than half a page. It starts right off with crap, and gets crappier in one quick hurry, culminating in an accumulation of the crappiest crap in all of crap-hood.

      I may burn it. Or,….it would be fun to give to an unsuspecting liberal with either corrections in it, or just certain pages removed for fun.

      I may post movies of it on YouTube being run over by my truck tire.

      Haven’t decided yet.

    • proreason says:

      But Anderson is the guy who let the cat out of the bag about Bill Ayers writing the Messiah’s opus.

      And when Hannity pinned him down about it, the poor man’s eyebrow nearly flew off his face.

      Which is probably the best proof there is that the modern day Koran was written by the 60’s terrorist, rather than the modern day Mohammed.

      That and the facts that the sentence lengths are identical, the reading levels are identical, the characters are nearly identical, the literary premis is identical, the nautical allusions are identical, the sentence structures are identical, many terms are identical, and the political philosophies are identical to Ayers equally self-indulgent memoir of his Fugitive Days.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “But Anderson is the guy who let the cat out of the bag about Bill Ayers writing the Messiah’s opus.”

      This is true and that’s why I (gag) bought the book, to read it for myself. However, I cannot digest the utter bilge that is written. I could include excerpts but there’s no point. It’s so filled with hyperbole that it reads like yet another 10th grader’s creative writing assignment using loose logic, imagery and creative lying to somehow make this guy look good. Or, more accurately, to somehow get inside his head and make pre-emptive excuses for him and how he sees the world.

      Anderson’s writing style is pedestrian, mundane, and childish.

      I’ll mail it to you, if you want it.

      It sucks.

    • proreason says:

      Is it written on soft and absorbent paper?

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Write a self indulgent ‘auto’biography espousing your political views – check
      Create a symbol for your person and not the country – check
      Control the media – check
      Surround yourself with cronies – check
      Hide your true agenda – check
      Enforce the law on opponents but let supporters slide – check
      Nationalize businesses and banks – check

      Hitler – check
      Lenin – check
      Mao – check
      Obama – check

      If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck….

  4. Tater Salad says:

    It is quite evident to the rest of the country that the President did not want to send more troops to Afghanistan from the “get-go”. It would rile his left wing voter base. While our guys are getting wounded and killed because this is a ground war with huge engagement restrictions placed on our troops, he is putting all our troops at risk evey day he stalls on his actions. Whether Karzai is a crook or not, our troops come first or we need to leave now. He is making the wrong choice for sure by playing the wait-em’ out game! Obama is in over his head as President.

  5. wirenut says:

    Well Tater, If you mean his head is buried in Soros’ a**, you would be half right.

  6. canary says:

    Rahm Emanual has been passing books on Vietnam around the floors, Now even Gates (and other countries) are being critical of Obama. Obama has contempt for our soldiers, his concious is they volunteered and deserve what ever he hands them. Whities are a growing majority of our soldiers, and I guess Obama has contempt for the minorities that are also volunteering and re-enlisting to risk their lives for America.

    I bet Obama doesn’t know one soldier, or know anyone that has a soldier relative in the U.S. military. Obama has his own army of thugs.

    • proreason says:

      “I bet Obama doesn’t know one soldier, or know anyone that has a soldier relative in the U.S. military”

      Good point.

      And almost certainly true.

      We would have heard about it, wouldn’t we have?

      They would have propagandized it.

  7. TwilightZoned says:

    I truly believe everything Barry and his ilk do is meant to implode this country…everything.

  8. wirenut says:

    Good points Canary and Pro. No more parading of (their lady of agony and pain) Sheehan anymore. Did something change? The commitment and the sacrifices of our citizen soldiers is the same, Humm….what gives?

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    Well, I see they decided to keep the GW Portrait. I heard it was being replaced with a newer one…on black velvet. Here’s the link


    • Liberals Demise says:

      The head stocking is a bit much but I hope dingle”Barry” likes it.
      “He be owed!”

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