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1 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 6:29:01pm

The faster the better.

2 jvic  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 6:41:17pm

If that's what the Iraqis want, per the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement, I don't see a choice. I'm willing to revisit the matter if they so request. I don't see that our national interest is compelling enough to keep us in Iraq against the wishes of its government.

Btw: George Mission Accomplished Bush, you're an idiot.

3 blueraven  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 7:15:04pm

I think we could stay there another ten years and it would not make any difference. Iraq will make it on their own, or not. I hope they do.

Time to bring our troops home! Next...Afghanistan.

4 Amory Blaine  Tue, Sep 6, 2011 7:52:22pm

I have a bad feeling about just up and leaving them. I wish there was a more robust effort to enlist non military volunteers/workers, including our allies to help them grow into a long term working democracy.

5 elisabeth  Wed, Sep 7, 2011 8:57:16am

re: #4 Amory Blaine

Except we're not up and leaving them, SOFA was signed in 2008 so we've had at least three years to draw down and train the Iraqis.

Time to cut the apron strings and let them decide their own future.

6 gehazi  Wed, Sep 7, 2011 9:40:31am

For those answering "no", I'd love to see a compelling reason. Are you advocating that we station troops in another sovereign nation against that nation's will? Refuse to pull them out? Start another war with a government we helped install?

7 blueraven  Wed, Sep 7, 2011 9:58:44am

re: #6 gehazi

For those answering "no", I'd love to see a compelling reason. Are you advocating that we station troops in another sovereign nation against that nation's will? Refuse to pull them out? Start another war with a government we helped install?

I would like to hear from the no votes as well. A debate can certainly be had, but personally I can't think of any particularly good arguments to stay.

8 elisabeth  Wed, Sep 7, 2011 10:18:54am

re: #6 gehazi

Frankly, I think renegotiating SOFA would send a terrible message about our commitment to ever leaving; the situation will never be perfect (not even sure what that would be).

9 gehazi  Wed, Sep 7, 2011 4:25:21pm

re: #8 elisabeth

That I'm not worried about. We renegotiate SOFAs all the time, all over the world, and if the Iraqis would like some US forces stationed there (a reasonable amount), that's fine with me.

But the idea that we should just ignore the expiration of a SOFA? Insanity.


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