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.

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Latkes
Latkes

You are working really hard today. I am sorry the war you wished for isn't happening. If the US withdraws from Iraq, it's a win for everybody, except warmongers.

Sechel
Sechel

Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said

Tengen
Tengen

Iraq can ask all they want, we're not going anywhere. Empire doesn't shrink, at least not voluntarily.

thimk
thimk

trump says' iraq has to pay for 2 billion dollar airfield- certain i heard that somewhere but can't find the source .

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

I hope Donald does not waste this opportunity to GET THE HELL OUT. If everything goes to even worse hell after US troops leave (and it probably will), he can just say "Hey, I did what you asked me to do, not my fault!"

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

Just to be clear, the non binding Iragi resolution asked "foreign troops to leave", not just American. Why is this always left out of reporting? BTW I can totally understand Trump not telling anyone ahead of time of his intentions. There are leaks everywhere and it was something that would not work if leaked.