Breaking News: U.S. To Withdraw All Troops From Iraq By End Of The Year
Reported by Ellen - October 21, 2011 -
President Obama just made the announcement. Fox News has already moved on, after a snide remark by host Jon Scott about the format of the announcement. But this will be big news, despite Fox's best efforts. UPDATED
According to a White House official, “this deal was cut by the Bush administration, the agreement was always that at end of the year we would leave, but the Iraqis wanted additional troops to stay. We said here are the conditions, including immunities. But the Iraqis because of a variety of reasons wanted the troops and didn’t want to give immunity.
“So that’s it. Now our troops go to zero,” the official said, adding that the U.S. will have a “robust diplomatic presence,” but it will be similar to what it has in other countries.
...Today’s announcement fulfills one of Obama’s central campaign promises. In 2002, Obama called the intervention a “dumb war” and as presidential candidate, vowed to bring troops home in his administration.
UPDATE: Fox's Jennifer Griffin just painted the news as a failure by the Obama administration to reach agreement with the Iraqi government. Developing...