Iraq must finish it themselves
There is nothing to be confused about. America is not occupying Iraq. America broke Iraq, the rest of the way. It was half broken by Saddam Hussein and we did the rest. We helped put it back together, leaving it with a government. Americans cannot afford anymore in Iraq or Afghanistan.
If the Kurd leader wants his own state or something else, that is up to him. He may be right about Iran intruding into Iraq affairs, but that is up to them to sort out, and perhaps others in the world. We are no longer on point.
“Confusion” is a word that people use when they don’t want to hear what is being said. We are finished with Iraq.
“U.S. message leaves Iraqis confused
By Leila Fadel
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, September 3, 2010
BAGHDAD - As President Obama declared Tuesday that it was "time to turn the page" in Iraq, Mahmoud Othman - tuning in to the Oval Office address here at 3 a.m. - listened in shock.
For Americans, the message was clear: The United States' war in Iraq is over. But the longtime Kurdish politician heard something different: Despite U.S. insistence that Americans remain committed to Iraq, they are halfway out the door.
"They decided to finish it, but they know it's not over," Othman said Thursday. "War with terrorism is here, and Iranian intervention is here. They are lying to tell their people that they left behind a government that is capable and Iraqi security forces that are capable. . . . There is no government, the people don't have confidence in the Iraqi security forces, and Iraqi suffering is increasing."
Many people here say that they did not expect Obama's declaration to sound so final or that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates would acknowledge that the war is over, albeit "clouded" by its start in a U.S.-led invasion based on a false premise.
"I'm disappointed by this new administration," Othman said. "They want to run away from Iraq."”