Once again Carol, you've shown without a doubt that you don't know what the hell you're talking about. The withdrawal agreement signed by George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, mandated that ALL US troops withdraw from Iraqi cities by 30 June 2009 and from Iraqi territory altogether by 31 December 2011.<quoted text>
Beginning to suspect it is you who is the college graduate fraud.
PDupont educates himself on the liberal loon websites. He's been sufficiently brainwashed.
Residual troops remaining in Iraq until it had a more stabilized trained military to keep the peace was not part of the withdrawal agreement.
Obama folded his cards prematurely without even looking at - much less considering - any other options available to him to protect the residual troops and the Iraqis.
The gains that were made and the strategic advantage we once had in Iraq over Iran is now lost. Iraq has become another of Obama's problems and failed foreign policies.
Obama did attempt to persuade the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to allow one or more American bases to be kept in the country you damned liar. It was the Iraqis that rejected this.
We didn't gain anything from this feckless adventure. Iran and its agent Ahmed Chalabi with his band of WMD fabricators played George W like a fiddle so that we would do what they couldn't at the price of American lives and treasure. The mess Iraq is in today is the direct consequence of Bush's disastrous policy.