Out Of Babylon

We have finally decided to end our endless war in Afghanistan and now it is time to end the second longest war, Iraq…..

There have been attempts to drawn down…..and now the Biden has made a decision (for now) to pull combat troops from the sands of Iraq….

The US and Iraq expect to announce next week that American combat troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. The countries are working on a plan that would keep Americans there in an advisory role, to help with the fight against ISIS. “We don’t need any more fighters because we have those,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said, the Wall Street Journalreports. “What do we need? We need cooperation in the field of intelligence. We need help with training. We need troops to help us in the air.” The details are still being worked out, but the change will be announced Monday after President Biden and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi meet at the White House, per Politico.

The number of Americans in Iraq might stay about the same—2,500—but the combat troops would be changed out, replaced by those who do other jobs. The idea is for them to help Iraq with tasks including logistical support, intelligence, and surveillance. The change could help Kadhimi politically in time for October’s parliamentary elections. While the US is completing a total withdrawal from Afghanistan, it’s still making long-term military plans with Iraq. The US has more faith in Iraq’s troops than in Afghanistan’s, who are losing ground rapidly to the Taliban. US troops first arrived in Iraq on 2004. The transition from combat began last summer, though no end date had been announced. A joint statement in April credited the change to the Iraqi forces being better able to handle the job now.

This is a good move….there will be those that disagree….but for me any time when can bring our troops home to their families then it is a good plan.

Now we need to work on our intervention foreign policy….we need a fresh approach to the problems other than armed conflict and adventurism.

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8 thoughts on “Out Of Babylon

  1. My worry is that the Taliban will soon sweep in, return the country to the stone age, execute all former opponents, ruin the lives of women, and support international terrorism around the world. Then it will all start over again, on that seemingly endless cycle of foreign intervention and refugees arriving in Europe.
    If we are going to withdraw, as I agree we should, we are also going to have to ignore what happens after we do.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. It seems to me though that the more we pull out of Afghanistan, the more our fearless government is sending to east Europe, China Sea and Africa.

  3. As one who has spent half of every year in Iraq, for the past five years, I applaud this decision. No reason for us to be there. If they want to surrender their country to ISIS 2.0, let ’em.

  4. There is a deal in the works with the Iraqi Government, for a NATO Training Mission, that we would certainly have a presence in, but I’m not certain of the timeline or the particulars of that yet.

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