Trump reaffirms plan to withdraw all US troops from Iraq

Trump reaffirms plan to withdraw all US troops from Iraq

ed note–and, in the event that people have not put the obvious 2+2 together in divining exactly WHY there has been–

–a 4+ year screeching campaign against DJT/POTUS on the part of a mainstream media owned lock/stock and barrel by organized Jewish interests

–an Impeachment

–a media-hyped virus

–a collapsed economy

As well as an untold number of other time bombs set to go off between now and November 3rd, then please allow this humble commentator to offer his humble opinion.

The moment that presidential candidate DJT said that the Iraq war was the ‘greatest disaster’ that ever befell America and that as President, he would seek to bring about the demise of the ‘war on terror’, a panicked Judea Inc went into seek-and-destroy mode. Remember, 911 was an extremely risky gambit and ALMOST blew up in Israel’s face the moment that those 5 dancing Mossad agents got arrested within hours of the attacks of that day.

In short, Israel doesn’t want to have to go out on that kind of limb again, knowing that there is this thing now known as the internet and that this time, she might not be so lucky, so when DJT/POTUS starts talking about hitting the brakes on that war locomotive put into motion after 9/11, what Israel is weighing is how many years/decades will have to pass before the environment is safe again for her to pull off another false flag to get the whole mess started again.

In sum, DJT is not ‘owned by d’Jooz’ as so many (too many) self-baptized ‘ex-spurts’ like to off-handedly claim. He has his own agenda and his own vision for America, an agenda/vision that Judea Inc considers an ‘existential threat’ and this is the reason that La Kosher Nostra has–for the last 4+ years, moved heaven, hell, and everything in between to see him removed from office before he can hit the war brakes too hard.

Times of Israel

US President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed his plan to withdraw all American troops from Iraq as quickly as possible, as he met with the prime minister of Iraq to discuss ways to rein in pro-Iran militias in the country and counter residual threats from Islamic State sleeper cells.

“We look forward to the day when we don’t have to be there,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

“We were there and now we’re getting out. We’ll be leaving shortly and the relationship is very good. We’re making very big oil deals. Our oil companies are making massive deals. … We’re going to be leaving and hopefully we’re going to be leaving a country that can defend itself.”

Asked about a timetable for a full withdrawal, the president turned to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who replied: “As soon as we can complete the mission. The president has made very clear he wants to get our forces down to the lowest level as quickly as we possibly can. That’s the mission he’s given us and we’re working with the Iraqis to achieve that.”

There are more than 5,000 American troops in Iraq now. Last month, the top US general for the Middle East said he believed the US will keep a smaller but enduring presence in the country. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, said he believes the Iraqis welcome the US and coalition troops, especially in the ongoing fight to keep IS fighters from taking hold of the country again.

McKenzie has not said how many US troops might stay. But he said Iraqi conventional forces now operate on their own. US and coalition forces continue to conduct training and counterterrorism operations, including with Iraqi commandos. Any final decisions, he said, would be coordinated with the Iraqi government.

Al-Kadhimi, who is backed by the United States, assumed office in May, when Baghdad’s relations with Washington were precarious following the US killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad airport. The prime minister “has my ear,” Trump said.

Al-Kadhimi has often had to walk a tightrope due to the US-Iran rivalry. Asked if he was bringing any messages from Tehran following a recent visit there, al-Kadhimi told The Associated Press before he left for Washington: “We do not play the role of postman in Iraq.”

The US recognizes the cultural and religious ties that exist between Iran and Iraq, but the administration wants to decrease Iran’s destabilizing influence in Iraq, often exercised by pro-Iranian militias.

Al-Kadhimi’s administration inherited a myriad of crises. State coffers in the crude oil-dependent country were slashed following a severe drop in prices, adding to the woes of an economy already struggling with the aftershocks of the global coronavirus pandemic. The US wants to make sure the Baghdad central government’s limited resources also find their way to the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq.

State violence used to quell the mass protests that erupted in October brought public trust in the government to a new low. Tens of thousands of Iraqis marched decrying rampant government corruption, poor services and unemployment, leading to the resignation of the previous premier, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

Pompeo, who met Wednesday with Iraq’s foreign minister, Fuad Hussein, said the US was committed to helping Iraq regain and maintain security, despite Trump’s desire to reduce and then eliminate American troops’ presence there. Armed groups are not under the full control of the Iraqi prime minister, Pompeo said. He said those groups should be replaced by local police as soon as possible and that the US could and would help.

The Iraqi prime minister told Pompeo that Iraq currently does not need direct military support on the ground, and that the levels of help will depend on the changing nature of the threat. Three years since Iraq declared victory over IS, sleeper cells continue to stage attacks across the country’s north.

Pompeo and the Iraqi foreign minister expressed hope that as the security situation improves, there will be greater economic cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the energy sector.

On Wednesday, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced energy agreements worth up to $8 billion between the Iraqi minsters of oil and electricity and five US companies — Honeywell, Baker Hughes, GE, Stellar and Chevron. Brouillette said US private investment will help Iraq’s energy sector and stressed a need for Iraq to reduce its dependence on energy from Iran.

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