By BJ Bjornson
While it doesn�t capture many headlines anymore, the U.S. still has forces in Iraq, and it seemed likely that the plan was to basically keep them and their bases there indefinitely. That however, appears to have changed. Reports are coming in that the Obama will announce that the U.S. is dropping plans to keep any forces in Iraq. From the AP story a few days ago:
The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability.
The decision ends months of hand-wringing by U.S. officials over whether to stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste.
Which appears to mean that Obama will have fulfilled one promise completely just a tiny bit before his first, and possibly only, term as President ends. Still, better late than never.