What would it take to get the USA to stay in Iraq?
An Iraqi General says he needs 10 more years to develop his army to take over when the USA departs. That’s their problem. If a request came from the Iraq government with unanimous approval, the USA might consider an extension 1) providing they would get paid to do it, and 2) would actually make a profit from the activity. Warriors for hire could become a new business and create jobs for Americans.
“Report: Iraqi Senior Officer Wants US Troops to Stay Until 2020
VOA News 12 August 2010
A published report quotes Iraq's most senior officer as saying the United States should leave its troops in Iraq until 2020.
Britain's Daily Telegraph on Thursday quoted Lieutenant General Babakir Zebari as saying it will be another 10 years before the Iraqi army will be able to ensure the country's security. Zebari was speaking at a defense conference in Baghdad.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the United States is on track to end its combat mission in Iraq at the end of the month as planned. He said President Barack Obama is satisfied that the Iraqi military will be able to take over security operations.
Fifty-thousand U.S. troops will remain in Iraq to serve as a transitional force. Mr. Obama has set a goal of removing all U.S. troops in Iraq by the end of 2011.
Also, Iraqi officials said eight Iraqi soldiers and three civilians were killed in Diyala province when gunmen broke into a house in the town of Sadiyah and killed three people. Police say the attackers then lured Iraqi soldiers to the house before an explosion destroyed it.
And a government official said gunmen shot and killed a prominent female doctor in Baghdad. The official said the victim was chief of the Alwiyah maternity hospital in central Baghdad.”