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GOOD NEWS! Iraq Withdrawal: With US Troops Set to Exit, 9-Year War Draws to Close

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Iraq withdrawal will occur by the end of this year, President Obama announced Friday. For the 39,000 US troops still in Iraq, withdrawal means most will be home for the holidays.


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Tony Isaacs (40)
Friday October 21, 2011, 2:55 pm
Ya think? The last time Obama pulled troops out of Iraq he sent more into the quagmire of Afghanistan, where insurgents still control over half the country and there is no end in site. Now, we have all kinds of other countries where Obama and the warmongers have been rattling their swords.

And might I point out that we aren't withdrawing our troops - we are being kicked out. Dubya Bush had already agreed to withdraw the troops by the end of this year and Pulitizer Prize Man Obama has spent most of this year trying to negotiate a way to continue to have a large military presence there.

As is stands now, we will just leave a larger-than-the-Vatican super embassy with a staff of 5,000 private contractors.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday October 21, 2011, 3:09 pm
That would be so wonderful , noted thanks !

. (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 3:13 pm
This sounds like wonderful news, I hope he didn't shoot his mouth off too soon.

Alice C (1797)
Friday October 21, 2011, 4:31 pm
They be happy to be home again ~ and thier families will rejoice !

Barb Knight (1678)
Friday October 21, 2011, 4:44 pm
I can't help but think how happy Sgt. Johnson's daughter is going to be!! Thnx for the good news Cal!! I believe he'll make it happen!!

Philip H (474)
Friday October 21, 2011, 6:32 pm
Wonderful! Bush's war is finally over.

Monica D (580)
Friday October 21, 2011, 7:34 pm
I hope this means a reduction in the overall amount of war going on ...

Terry King (113)
Friday October 21, 2011, 8:19 pm
Unlike Mitt. I am overjoyed!

Don I (7)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:29 pm
Things are not going to be very nice in Iraq after the troops are pulled. There's going to be a lot of bloodshed when the insurgents restart their push to take the country back.

For those of you happy about the troop pullout, you should be very happy with GW Bush for setting that timeline.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:30 pm
I just saw a worrisome comment by a National Guardsman who is currently serving as a military medic in Iraq on another forum (to which I often refer here as the "anti-Care2"). He said that Iraqis will most certainly not be able to maintain their own security by the pullout date, that they know this and their troops and anti-terrorism responders are deserting, that most insurgent attacks are now against Iraqi forces to weaken them rather than U.S. forces, and that they are now preparing for a civil war after the U.S. leaves.

Then there was a prediction that because Iran still considers Obama a paper tiger, they'll let everything run smoothly in the hopes of giving him the 2012 election, and then either sponsor rebellion or invade outright immediately after the vote. Then they either don't expect any U.S. response (going back to Iraq) from Obama or intend to present any new president with a fit accomplit. I'm worried the Iraqis will be rather less pleased about the lack of U.S. forces than it seems to most posters here that they would be.

Don I (7)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:33 pm
@Monica D,
It would have meant a LOT less war going on, but since Obama illegally got involved in the wars in Libya and Africa, it will mean only a LITTLE less war will be going on.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 10:59 pm
Thank you Cal for this :-)

Ken D (32)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 5:29 am
This sounds awfully familiar - are you easily led Cal or what?

"Mission Accomplished."

Moments after the landing, the president, wearing a green flight suit and holding a white helmet, got off the plane, saluted those on the flight deck and shook hands with them. Above him, the tower was adorned with a big sign that read, "Mission Accomplished."

- - -May 02, 2003

Marco C (31)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 6:43 am
You can bring a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Not our country, not our problem, we had no business there to begin with.

Sure we have a responsibility there, but right now the greater responsibility is here at home, we can't take care of ourselves, we can't be a help to anyone else. Admit the mistake, say we're sorry and wish 'em luck.

Maybe we need to go back to find who screwed us and them up and apply a little justice just to make things right.

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 6:53 am
Cal either you are a puppet for the Pentagon or you are seriously naive.

I hope we do not forget the promises that Obama made on October 27th 2007

"I promise you this; that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home we will bring an end to this [Iraq] war. You can take that to the bank!"

Well..... We are still waiting....

Here is the proof of this two faced liar who is still the President of the USA actually saying it on camera;

How do we not see that politicians lie to us? They lie and con us and take our freedoms away and ruin our economy until we are sick of them and then to our joy we are given a different face and more false promises. Well here is news;

Same faeces; different rectum

These personalities they dangle in front of us are just puppets. When we are sick of one we get another but the new puppet does not undo the damage of the old one; instead they make it even worse so they give us a new puppet. Are we learning yet?

What is the NATO solution to the 'poor oppressed people'? To drop bombs on them and pay mercenaries to execute them. Once everyone is dead or traumatised they can steal their oil and gold, install permanent military bases, a western globalist puppet leader and our scandalous banking slavery system and move on to the next innocent population.

If you are not out there doing all you can to stop this you are a collaborator; you are funding it and you are murdering innocent people with your indifference. Your children and grandchildren, if they survive, will not be proud of you. Do not think that you will get away with it because WW3 is coming to you; courtesy of these same western lunatic globalists who seriously want to 'rule the world' in a Marxist tyranny.

Ken D (32)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 7:27 am
Puppet for the Pentagon/Agent for 'Israel' & based in Tel Aviv at '' - New York my ass!

Dee C (229)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 7:46 am
Thanks Cal..It is great news..

Rita White (55)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 8:22 am
thanks for the informaton

JustaHuman H (53)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 8:31 am
Let me guess: The soldiers are needed for another war.

Mira Rhame (17)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 9:47 am
Thankfully this season of killing is about to be over ridden by the return of fathers, mothers, men and women to their families and their children especially.
It won't be easy making the adjustment to returning home. If this applies to your family member just a thought...Give them some time to readjust while giving them the honor of their devotion to all of us...
My boyfriend came back from Vietnam a wreck and I was too young to understand that...time, appreciation with no self importance on the family part who stayed here in the US, just love and encouragement to those who tried with all they possibly had to protect us all...MY GOD THEY ARE JUST THE MOST INCREDIBLE PEOPLE...and deserve such love from us aLL

Colleen L (3)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 12:34 pm
All I can say is "Thank God" the war is over. It's been a long dragged out war. So many precious lives lost. I pray this that is a new beginnig. May we bring the troops home to be around love, not hatred. I truly understand how being sent to a war area can take a big toll on their lives, both mental and phyisically. So I pray that their families, friends, and whomever they come in contact here, can help them with their needs. I pray too that we just stay the heck out of other countries businesses. They don't want us there, so I hope in the future our country leaders, don't just jump and send troops out again. Thanks Cal

Nance N (0)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 12:35 pm
Thankful they will be home for the holidays - only wish it was the end of the wars.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 1:31 pm
This war was a symptom of the evil and capriciousness of USI foreign policy. A president who sanctioned lies because this war was wanted by god managed to be instrumental in the premature deaths of 1,000,000 Iraqis.

And let's not forget, the USI troops are being thrown out, they are not "leraving". They are quitting a country that once had one of the best health and education services in the ME and one of the highest literacy rates, but which is now virtually a basket case. And why was this done to this country? Because it was one of the only Arab states that truly could've harmed the Zionist Entity if it had wished to.

Never forget Madeleine Albright's comment when asked how she felt about the fact that sanctions had caused the premature deaths of half a million Iraqi children. "It was a price worth paying" was her reply.

Olive Tassell (7)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 1:50 pm
Get out of the phoney war in Afghanistan, it is so easy to start a war or stay in one. How about trying blessed are the peace makers.

Ken O (55)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 2:00 pm
"Withdrawal by the end of the Year" Well, the end of the year is a long way off and we've been told so many lies by our government anything can happen between now and then. The republicans can go ballistic about how we'll be traitors, about how our troops will have shed their blood for nothing, about how we'll be dishonoring our fallen by leaving, by how we'll be known for "cutting and running". It will be relentless. Look, every single one of the republican presidential candidates have said that leaving Iraq is a mistake and we ought to stay. What does that tell you? Their rhetoric will become more and more frantic, they'll be screaming about it because it means the money faucet for their pet corporations will be turned off. You've not seen anything yet concerning how low republicans can stoop. I hate it that it's that way but their track record is pro-war so far and I don't see it changing any time soon.

Shane C (3)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 2:35 pm
It's good that we are leaving Iraq, but it's too bad they had to force us. Obama said he would end the war, but he was pressuring Iraq to allow U.S. troops to remain past the deadline.

And what about Afghanistan? We've been there for ten years.

Anna Borsey (66)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 3:23 pm
@ "Nosferatu"
- these same western lunatic globalists who seriously want to 'rule the world' in a Marxist tyranny.

Since when is NATO Marxist? Haven't you got your wires crossed there somewhat, Nosferatu?

I do agree with certain of your assertions, but I do think you are off the beam with respect to this one.

Craig Z (86)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 4:15 pm
I feel only a tremendous sense of loss over all the innocent lives lost and the squandered tax dollars. The perpetrators of this disaster should all be in prison.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 4:20 pm
Glad the troops are being pulled out of Iraq.

Patricia E G (52)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 6:15 pm
This Is Very Good News !
'Bout time to get our boys outta there !

Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 8:00 pm
Good to hear.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 12:12 am
It is good to end that which should not have happened in the first place. Instead of fighting to secure access to more oil, Americans should have spent all that money and all those resources developing clean, sustainable alternative energy. They didn't because of the power and influence of the fossil fuel lobby.
Now you have the deficit!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 1:12 am
Our men need to come home to their family's. I just hope Iraq doesn't cowardly shoot us in the back. I don't think Iraq want to do that. Their should be a National Day of Celebration for our men and women in uniform and make it a yearly Holiday event to honor our troops.

Marianna Molnar (9)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 5:16 am
tony isaacs speaks the truth

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 7:13 am
Thanks Cal noted
no war can not solve a thing. Inadequate training of human society, because there are communities who can not learn from the war se. Some communities may be the solution to a dictator. If we look at a more murderous than before the current Iraq deaths have...

Rita White (55)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 7:52 am

Alicia N (87)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 11:51 am
Great !

Olive Tassell (7)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 1:04 pm
Perhaps now you wont be so quick to interfere with other countries development and try to make them believe in the land of the free which isn't. Get out of Afghanistan nothing has improved there either by the military force, change is a natural event guns and tanks air superiority is not.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 5:40 pm

annelies j (71)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 6:24 pm
Colleen L:
" So I pray that their families, friends, and whomever they come in contact here, can help them with their needs. I pray too that we just stay the heck out of other countries businesses. They don't want us there, so I hope in the future our country leaders, don't just jump and send troops out again"

Do you know how many people my husband deployed with actually told him that they are doing God's work going to fight those wars?

Marianna Molnar (9)
Monday October 24, 2011, 12:27 am
they will go to Afg instead, or Lybia who knows maybe Iran...

Ancil S (175)
Monday October 24, 2011, 12:32 am
This will be wonderful news indeed.

Marilyn K (50)
Monday October 24, 2011, 4:35 pm
It is unfortunate that we cannot bring Democracy to the world as our own Decmocratic Government is slowly but surely turning away from the people and continue to use the standard of lobbying and corporate contributions to rule. Our citizens are beginning to take to the steets just as they are in the third world countries and as far as I can see our government is ignoring them as they continue on their merry way.

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Monday October 24, 2011, 9:22 pm
Anna B. If you examine the history of Marxism and Fascism and National Socialism you will see they were all constructs of the same people; not Marx in fact but a semi secret empire which has shared the same agendas for at least 4000 years.

Please research the Khazar Empire for a brief introduction into geopolitical history;

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 7:43 am
Oh dear. The previous post by Scott Freewheeler is evidence of real anti-semitism. This is what annoys me. There are real anti-semites out there, yet I get called one for criticising the policies of the Zionist Entity.

Bob Algeron (47)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 9:24 am
"A war that former President George W. Bush set in motion in March 2003 cost the lives of more than 4,400 American troops and rang up a tab of nearly $1 trillion. The war ended the reign of Saddam Hussein – a tyrant akin to Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, killed Thursday at the hands of his own people – but it also set off a gruesome sectarian conflict that plunged Iraq into violence and economic collapse.

In all, the violence claimed more than 112,000 documented civilian deaths, according to Iraq Body Count. Some organizations, though, place total Iraqi civilian and combatant deaths at more than 1 million."

Thank you Cal for posting.

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 5:08 pm

John Duqesa. There is not one shred of evidence that I am anti-Semitic; in fact I am a staunch defender of the Jewish faith as all who know me will testify to. I resent your accusations.

The Khazar Empire are not Jews at all; not geographically or religiously. I am a devoted admirer of the Holy Torah and of the true Torah Jews. I only have enmity for the globalist elite and the evil powers that have subverted the power structures of this country. They have absolutely nothing to do with the sublime faith of Judaism which I regularly testify is a gift from God, as are all of its adherents.

Why and how could you misunderstand that video so badly?

Bob Algeron (47)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 8:30 pm
Scott, Khazar kingdom was quite small, and Khazars did convert to Judaism and became Jews. Same way, people who convert to Islam and start living among, let's say, Arabs have their descendants becoming Arabs.

Khazars were defeated and destroyed by Russians long time ago, I mean many centuries ago. Jews, even the Russian Jews, have nothing to do with Khazars, as they came to Russia via Germany.


Mary P (157)
Thursday October 27, 2011, 9:25 am
Thank You Cal, great news indeed, the Troops are coming home after Murdering over 1 million innocent people, men, women and children. WOW!! good reason to celebrate dont you think Cal???

John Duqesa, you are totally wrong about Scott. He is NOT an anti-semite, never was and never will. He loves his Chrisitan and Jewish brothers and sisters in religion and all others of mankind. Please read about the Kazar Empire, Illuminati and New World Order on link , "
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