Bush Policy Had All US Troops Out of Iraq By 12/31/2011

Discussion in 'Politics' started by wildchild, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. wildchild


    We all remember the big deal when the Iraqi guy threw his shoes at GWB. The democrats got a big kick out of it. What was missed in much of the reporting was a pact that GWB signed with al-Maliki.

    Leftists who are celebrating the troop drawdown are actually celebrating a policy of GWB.


    " BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at -- but missed -- President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit.

    Bush ducked, and the shoes, flung one at a time, sailed past his head during the news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in his palace in the heavily fortified Green Zone.

    The shoe-thrower -- identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network -- could be heard yelling in Arabic: "This is a farewell ... you dog!"

    While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: "You killed the Iraqis!"

    Al-Zaidi was dragged away. While al-Zaidi was still screaming in another room, Bush said: "That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you may want to know." Watch Bush duck the shoes »

    Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.

    Al-Baghdadia issued a statement Sunday demanding al-Zaidi's release.

    Al-Zaidi remained in custody Monday while the Iraqi judiciary decides whether he will face charges of assaulting al-Maliki, a government official said.

    The official said al-Zaidi is being tested for alcohol and drugs to determine if he was fully conscious during the incident.

    Al-Zaidi drew international attention in November 2007 when he was kidnapped while on his way to work in central Baghdad. He was released three days later.

    Bush had been lauding the conclusion of a security pact with Iraq as journalists looked on.

    "So what if the guy threw his shoe at me?" Bush told a reporter in response to a question about the incident.

    "Let me talk about the guy throwing his shoe. It's one way to gain attention. It's like going to a political rally and having people yell at you. It's like driving down the street and having people not gesturing with all five fingers. ...

    "These journalists here were very apologetic. They ... said this doesn't represent the Iraqi people, but that's what happens in free societies where people try to draw attention to themselves."

    Bush then directed his comments to the security pact, which he and al-Maliki were preparing to sign, hailing it as "a major achievement" but cautioning that "there is more work to be done."

    "All this basically says is we made good progress, and we will continue to work together to achieve peace," Bush said.

    Bush's trip was to celebrate the conclusion of the security pact, called the Strategic Framework Agreement and the Status of Forces Agreement, the White House said.

    The pact will replace a U.N. mandate for the U.S. presence in Iraq that expires at the end of this year. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, sets June 30, 2009, as the deadline for U.S. combat troops to withdraw from all Iraqi cities and towns. The date for all U.S. troops to leave Iraq is December 31, 2011.

    Bush called the passage of the pact "a way forward to help the Iraqi people realize the blessings of a free society.""
  2. pspr


    Obama wanted some forces to stay and some bases to remain which is what the commanders wanted and seems like a logical end game. However, the Iraqis didn't want to give immunity from arrest for our soldiers that every other country where we have troops has agreed to.

    So, no troops, no trainers, etc. after 2011. And, that's fine with me. Unless countries want to pay us for our military presence, we should leave.