Iraq present and future
American troops leaving? Psych!?
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threaten to resume attacks on American troops if they don't leave Iraq (24 ).
A spokesmen for for Sadr movement, Ahmed al-Masoudi, said about a comment by a US commander American troops will stay in Iraq beyond the mid 2009 deadline, "We believe that comments by top U.S. troops commander is a clear evidence that the U.S. troops will never leave Iraqi cities by the end of next June according to the security agreement," (25 ).
Shiite follower of Moqtada al-Sadr protected the security agreement Between Iraq and America a sign pinned on an effigy George W. Bush Said "The security agreement is shameful and humiliating." (26 ).
Now it appears that US troops will remain in Iraqi cities beyond the deadline. Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters that U.S. Troops assigned to "joint security stations" inside Iraqi cities, remain indefinitely. These stations are claimed to be key to the counterinsurgency strategy and house thousands of American personnel. An example of their number is there are over a dozen in Baghdad (27 ).
But President Obama in his first day in office reaffirmed his commitment to get American troops out of Iraq, he said after a meeting with military leaders, "During the discussion, I asked the military leadership to engage in additional planning necessary to execute a responsible military drawdown from Iraq," (28 ).
Military officials said they are comfortable with President Obama's troop pull out plans for Iraq. The combat mission is set to end on Aug. 31, 2010 and all forces would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 (29 ).
But consider, after the "withdrawal agreement" was made a top Iraqi official Ali al-Dabbagh, said an American presence in Iraq will be needed for another 10 years (30 ).
Despite claims to bring American troops home, American troops could be in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next 10 years. General George Casey of the US Military said "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction,"(31 ).
After the pullout of Iraq 50,000 American troops will remain in Iraq (32 ).
This reduction in US Troops in Iraq by 2011 will be "massive and expensive effort". According to the GAO it will be "massive and expensive effort". The report questioned the ability of the Iraqi government to provide services to its people, it said "Iraqi managers lack the skill level and authority to create plans and buy the materials necessary to sustain projects in the energy and water sectors.". It should be noted that even with American efforts Iraq met only 52 percent of its electrical demand and "many Iraqis are without water" (33 ).
Between March 20, 2003, and March 19, 2008 the largest war related deaths were cause by execution. Of the war dead 33 percent had been killed by abducted and executed. US aerial bombing killed averaged 17 civilians per event and suicide bombings killed 16 people per event (35 ).
Concern over the health and welfare of the troops? Not!