Well its official. Iraq has asked the United States to come up with a mechanism and timetable for troop withdrawal. This gives Iran exactly what it wanted. Russia too. Even if you don't believe the United States belongs in Iraq our actions the last few days and the administrations handling has been shambolic. The decision appears to have been made in a visceral manner. This should have been anticipated. The way to avoid this is to work with allies and communicate with key participants in advance as best possible. It looks like Iraq was caught off guard completely. I've come to believe we're seeing the results of thin and inexperienced bench at State Department and the national security council.
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday.
The statement, from the office of the Iraqi caretaker prime minister, said the request came in a telephone call between Abdul-Mahdi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night. It says Pompeo called the Iraqi premier.