"In the end, the two countries were apparently unable to reach agreement over legal protections for any remaining U.S. soldiers"
For months, Iraq's fractured political elite was at odds over whether American soldiers should stay as trainers. Baghdad rejected any legal immunity for U.S. soldiers, and Washington said that meant no deal.
The U.S. military role in Iraq has been mostly reduced to advising the security forces in a country where levels of violence had declined sharply from a peak of sectarian strife in 2006-2007, but attacks remain a daily occurrence."
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U.S. Troops Are Leaving Because Iraq Doesn't Want Them There
"President Obama's speech formally declaring that the last 43,000 U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren't being withdrawn because the U.S. wants them out.
They're leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay.
In Washington, many Republican lawmakers had spent recent weeks criticizing Obama for offering to keep a maximum of 3,000 troops in Iraq, far less than the 10,000-15,000 recommended by top American commanders in Iraq.
It was the Iraqis', and a recent trip to the country provided vivid evidence of just how unpopular the U.S. military presence there has become -- and just how badly the Iraqi political leadership wanted those troops to go home.
"We have serious security problems in this country and serious political problems,"
"Keeping Americans in Iraq longer isn't the answer to the problems of Iraq. It may be an answer to the problems of the U.S., but it's definitely not the solution to the problems of my country."
he said in an interview late last month at his heavily guarded compound in Baghdad.
"Personally, I no longer want them to stay,"
"It's been eight years. I don't think having Americans stay in Iraq will improve the situation at all. Leaving would be better for them and for us. It's time for us to go our separate ways."
Sadiq al-Ribaki, who heads Maliki's political bloc in parliament
"Passing a new agreement now in the parliament would be very difficult, if not impossible,"
One of his closest political advisers, said in a recent interview.
"It's a nonstarter for most of the parties and MPs."
Ironically, a war launched, at least in part, to bring democracy and political freedom to Iraq will now come to an end precisely because of the free expression of those opinions.
Iraqis from all backgrounds and beliefs wanted U.S. troops to leave. Come Dec. 31, for better or for worse, they'll get their wish."
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"Getting everyone out of Iraq is the right decision. But it's far too late"
We were told in 2003 the infamous words: "Mission Accomplished."
Veterans of the Iraq War, like me, have had to live with the words of that lie ringing in our ears ever since then. It's a feeling like you're being sold out by the people whom you elect because you think they know better. Too little too late."
Iraq's Government, Not Obama, Called Time on the U.S. Troop Presence
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