Obama joins Cheney’s Endless War: 50,000 US Soldiers to Stay in Iraq,

from DemocracyNow.org

Obama to Announce 19-Month Timeline for Withdrawal of Iraq Combat Troops

Meanwhile, on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama said he will soon announce a plan to end the war in Iraq.

President Obama: “I am now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war.”

Administration officials say Obama is preparing to order US combat troops to withdraw from Iraq by August 2010. The nineteen-month deadline would be three months longer than what Obama proposed on the campaign trail. As many as 50,000 US troops would still remain in Iraq under Obama’s plan. A “senior military officer” told the Los Angeles Times, “When President Obama said we were going to get out within 16 months, some people heard, ‘get out’, and everyone’s gone. But that is not going to happen.” [emphasis added]

Which means we’ll being seeing headlines like this for a long time.

5 US Troops Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

In Iraq, an American soldier was killed Tuesday after coming under fire from Iraqi policemen. Another three US soldiers were wounded. It was the third deadly attack on US forces in two weeks in the provinces of Nineveh and Diyala. Meanwhile, four US troops have been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. It was the deadliest attack on US troops in Afghanistan this year.

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