Following up on yesterday’s reports that President Obama intends to ignore the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and keep 3,000 troops in Iraq past the December deadline, hawkish members of Congress are looking to see if they can get that number raised even more.
House Armed Services Committe Chair Buck McKeon (R – CA) said occupation commanders told him they “shouldn’t go below 10 thousand,” while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) said 10,000 was the “bare minimum.”
So far there hasn’t been much Congressional discussion in the way of actually going along with the Bush-era SOFA and ending the war, and whichever official military number eventually is gone with is only a small part of the story.
The military forces will be part of the overall US occupation force, but this figure doesn’t include the thousands of military contractors which will remain, nor does it include the 5,000-plus State Department contractors that will be part of the “State Department Army” for Iraq.
6 thoughts on “Congressional Hawks Push for Even Bigger 2012 Iraq Force”
As our killing machine has wasted over a million living beings in this war for cheep oil, why are Iraq politicians so eager to buy war materials made in USA, such as F16 fighter bombers — why so eager to change the name of combat troops to trainers and make the occupation forever?
But then, does not Iraq have a Western style democratic-dictatorship, where the high achiever upper half has unlimited freedom to pass laws that impose economical slavery and a police state on the lower half of society?
Lindsey Graham – along with fellow Israel first Zionists, Joe Lieberman and John McCain – needs to move to Israel.
We destroyed Iraq for the benefit of Israel – time to get out of that country.
Way past time to recognize that Israel is NO ally of the US.
NO mkore wars for Israel.
Why is it that these congressional scumbags who keep insisting that we keep our forces in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan are never – never – asked WHY? So, Lindsey, why must we stay there? What is the game you envision? What is it going to do for us – not you or Israel – but us – you know, the taxpayer who has to pay for your adventures?
I'm willing to bet that they don't have to push very hard.
How about thousands of Arab troops get stationed in America? Give arrogant Americans a taste of their own medicine.
what iv heard `is that there are know taxs on pay and that for halling oil tankers or driveind truck
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