Elections in Iraq due in January. Iraq will not make this deadline, so elections will be postponed in violation of their Constitution (U.S. drafted). There’s disagreement between the three leaders of the Presidential Council. Only one member can veto any proposed law. The Sunni leader Tariq al-Hashemi, had vetoed the law as presented a month ago due to Sunni’s living out of the country could not vote. This has been argued and a new version of the law come back to them, but this issue is not resolved. Also, the Kurdish citizens of Iraq wanted more seats in the election due to the three provinces they control. This took some seats away from the Sunni citizens in the Mosul area. This is a sign that the three factions can not work together and don’t trust each other.
The biggest issue facing the Presidential Council is what to do with Kirkuk, the oil rich area that the Kurds claim as their historical territory. This has not been resolved. The Kurds in Iraq and in Turkey, Syria and Iran comprimise 40,000,000 people of Kurdish heritage and deserve their own country. They are the biggest ethnic population without their own country. This will eventually lead to a three-partition area of what is now called Iraq. We must be prepared for this eventuality. [Ed. note: Read our other Posts under Kurdistan on the right column]
Let’s have an update on our troops in Iraq and see the schedule of the draw-down as it exists today. Demand to see it.
How many U.S. troop have been removed from Iraq since President Obama called for a troop reduction there? How much equipment has been moved out? In February 2009, President Obama said there would be between 35,000 and 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq after August 2010, and all would be out by December 2011. There were 142,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Obama says they will all be out within 19 months. So 9 months have passed. There are only 9 more months to have reduces our troops from 142,000 to 35,000 to 50,000. How many have left Iraq?
This is important as President Obama wants to withdraw troops he has yet to send to Afghanistan within 18 months, that is, begin to draw them down “if ground conditions allow for it”, which means who knows what it will be like then, so maybe a drawdown can not happen.
60,000 troops will have been sent to Afghanistan by President Obama (27,000 all ready authorized and now an additional 30,000 authorized). The War Mongers win again. Bomb makers, and other providers of weapons to the U.S. government win, no one else wins. The Afghanistan people will suffer more civilian casualties (collateral damage) and eventually we will pull out of Afghanistan. Why not pull out now?
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