In comments released today on the Defense Department’s website, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta insisted that the US was going to have a “long-term” relationship with Iraq no matter what.
“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.
8 thoughts on “Panetta Vows ‘Long-Term’ Iraq Relationship”
More like we've SHED a lot of blood in that country.
Holy creeping Jebus-by-the-wayside, SecDef Piñata is a freaking stalker! Pursuing the beleaguered Iraq like a psychopath filled with REVENGE!
"IRAQ IS OURS AND DON'T YOU FORGET THAT!" Shrieks the ignoble Piñata. "We've spilled blood…treasure…"
Yeah yeah, whatever. Gots to go Leon, suck it up.
They will be spilling still more blood, Iraqi and American. They don't even care about their own.
Can't belive its called a relationship on of the worst ever.Started based on lies followed by an illegal invasion.No they want the same relationship with Iran and Pakistan bet they can't wait.
they'll be there until al sadr decides to do to the US presence what Iran did in 1979. You can take that to the bank.
"a long-term”relationship with Iraq no matter what."
That sounds like what the psychotic husband said as he locked his wife in the basement.
They have also sucked the blood of Irakis and killed two million and destoryed whole infra structure.
Their blood is valueable but from Irakis?
americans are too arrogant and a dieing elephant is no more worth. This is history and must read.
"Druthers: 'a long-term”relationship with Iraq no matter what.'
That sounds like what the psychotic husband said as he locked his wife in the basement. "
A very perfect observation.
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