“We’ve invested a lot of blood in that country,” Panetta insisted, adding that Iraq now has a “relatively stable democracy.” The comments come just days after the deadliest attacks of the year.
Despite the soaring levels of violence across the nation, the US still seems keen on keeping troops in the nation in an open-ended fashion, reiterating yesterday their hope for an Iraqi government “request” to keep troops there.
But a growing number of Iraqi officials, including Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, are warning that they believe keeping US troops will only make matters worse, and that the best thing the US could do for Iraq’s security is, quite simply, to leave.
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