In Iraq, Will The U.S. Stay Or Go?

Defense Secretary's comments makes timetable for complete withdrawal less certain

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sgt. Kent Marshall, a tanker with Company C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, instructs a member of the Basra Special Weapons and Tactics team on engaging a target while moving, Oct 4, 2010 (U.S. Army)

There may be a change for the plan to completely withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the U.S. would be open to discussions of an extended stay in Iraq, if asked by the Iraqi authorities. "In terms of the future strategic relationship beyond the end of 2011, I would say that the initiative clearly needs to come from the Iraqis," Gates told reporters yesterday in Kuala Lumpur. Is the U.S. legacy there going to be even longer than we imagined? 

Jack Jacobs, a retired U.S. Army colonel and a Medal of Honor recipient, believes that for the U.S. to stay in Iraq past 2011 would be a big mistake.


Col. Jack Jacobs

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David J Fazekas

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