Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield on Wednesday slammed Congressional calls to cut the budget for foreign largesse, insisting that a plan to remove an additional $1 billion in Iraq spending from the budget threatens the ongoing war there.
Speaking on the $1 billion proposal, Brownfield insisted it would “lock in the progress,” and would guarantee a “stable, secure and even prosperous Iraq.”
The claims must inevitably be doubted, of course, in the face of both continuing violence across the nation and the rising protest movement in Iraq. Indeed, one would assume that if the State Department had a $1 billion magic bullet they would’ve used it 8 years ago.
In fact the $1 billion plan is probably not even the worst case scenario, as many in the administration are openly talking up the possibility of US troops remaining in the nation in 2012 and possibly beyond. The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) requires them to be out of Iraq by December.
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I thought Obama had ended the Iraq war?
I thought George W. Bush said that "Mission accomplished" and Iraq war was over then.., are you telling me that US is still at war with Iraq.., what have they done this time.., did you William Brownfield find a new WMD there.., don`t tel me is a hush hush. William Brownfield.., speaking of “stable, secure and even prosperous Iraq.” please don`t say more, situation in Iraq is embarrassing for US and Iraqi people as is, please don`t make it worse then it is.., just leave them alone.., I am sure that people of Iraq will find a way to make it happen, to coexist, to develop democracy and kick you out of Iraq and rest of the Gulf.
But but we are already removing all our (combat) troops from Iraq. Surely we dont need to spend more billions. What can Brownfield possibly be talking about? Troops of flower-children we will have there in the future will be practically free. Soon they will have to pay us billions to be there. Isn't there alot of Drug money flowing into Afganistan those hard working people are earning from Americans? Why not Iraq?
Just leave you owe more money than any country in the history of the world that is mathematically impossible to pay off.And they don't want you or your puppet regime there or anywere in the mid east.So the fact they ask you to leave a unjustifable war should be more than reason to leave enless you are there for oil and another spot to try and control the hole world.People are not dum and if you don't stop it will lead to your fall and most americans are against the wars anyway and thats how pays you.
The Iraq war? What Iraq war? Is this a new war? Cause we won the other one, didn't y'all hear? We also left there and they're all democratic, happy, free and shit now.
The War will never end untill every last American invader of this beautiful Country has either left OR lies buried in Iraq
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