War in Iraq

Issue Bush Obama Change?
War in Iraq Started the war for no good reason. Combat mission will end Dec. 2011. The withdrawal comes DESPITE president Obama. Obama lobbied the Iraqi government to let US Forces stay. Thus, it is ingenuous for Obama to seek or be given, credit for the withdrawal of US troops.

Indeed, Wikileaks has much more to do with our leaving Iraq than anything else:
That cable was released by WikiLeaks in May, 2011, and, as McClatchy put it at the time, "provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi." The U.S. then lied and claimed the civilians were killed by the airstrike. Although this incident had been previously documented by the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the high-profile release of the cable by WikiLeaks generated substantial attention (and disgust) in Iraq, which made it politically unpalatable for the Iraqi government to grant the legal immunity the Obama administration was seeking. Indeed, it was widely reported at the time the cable was released that it made it much more difficult for Iraq to allow U.S. troops to remain beyond the deadline under any conditions.

In other words, whoever leaked that cable cast light on a heinous American war crime and, by doing so, likely played some significant role in thwarting an agreement between the Obama and Maliki governments to keep U.S. troops in Iraq and thus helped end this stage of the Iraq war.


The number of mercenaries, i.e. private contractors, will increase drastically: Citation

Massive number of civilians at huge walled embassy in Iraq: Citation
(despite Obama, not because of)

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