Iraq’s parliamentary elections were supposed to be the Obama Administration’s ticket to some form of significant drawdown of forces in the nation. Instead, the election is underscoring the political disarray that remains in the nation, nearly seven years after the American invasion.
Originally scheduled for January, the election was subject to multiple delays as parliament could not settle on a law governing the vote until well after the deadline. The election was finally scheduled for March 7, months after the Iraqi Constitution required it to be held.
With that finally settled, a battle emerged over who would be allowed to run in the election, with the Justice and Accountability Committee successfully lobbying to ban nearly 500 candidates on allegations that they were tied with, or at least sympathetic to, the Ba’ath Party. Two seated Sunni MPs were among those banned, and sectarian tensions are on the rise.
But assuming they manage to stave off a threatened Sunni boycott and hold a more or less credible election, UN officials say that growing factionalism mean that seating a government “might really take some time.” With the clock ticking on President Obama’s pledge for a significant drawdown by August, it is a delay he can scarcely afford.
Pentagon officials have said the US won’t begin to significantly reduce the number of troops in Iraq until at least 60 days after the election is settled. If seating the government is slow, it could push the start of the drawdown into the summer, and make the August deadline unattainable.
4 thoughts on “With Iraqi Politics in Growing Disarray, Will US Delay Drawdown?”
We aren't out of Iraq yet, and Gitmo was scheduled to be closed in one year. Ooops. If Obama's promises are any indication, don't pack those duffle bags just yet.
The US political elite planned from the start to stay in Iraq permanently. They will never leave voluntarily. All this talk of withdrawal is just the usual bullshit to hoodwink the US sheeple. The MICC and the Likudniks own the US and will continue to suck the life out of it until there is nothing left. And when it's all over, the tea baggers and christian evangelicals will still be calling for more war. Ah well, if you're not smart enough to survive, then you don't deserve to. Life will go on just fine without the US.
the USA is having over 130000 army personel, including well over 150000 mercenary's, not including all of their NATO gangsters , is close to 500000 hired terrorist to control the Iraqis and control their natural resources, never the less this country is no where to be under their control, the chaos continues, as well the slaughtering of all of this invaders terrorist, causing ,genocide, and let's not forget that Israel is behind this crime against humanity, as well in the rest of this region, this are the masters of all of the Americans, and the realty is this 5000000 plus terrorist army's live in the green zone, not all over the country, if they go out on patrolls they get slaughtered, with the only exception the usa keeps the media in total control as what is the public told..
The invasion and occupation of Iraq is to support the eventual assault on Iran. If you think Obama is going to pull troops out of Iraq, well, you must have voted for him. LOL
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