Iraq: After American Soldiers Are Gone

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Republican candidates are roasting President Obama for leaving Iraq too soon, but it was George W. Bush who negotiated withdrawal by the end of this year. Out of 170,000 US troops that have been to Iraq in the past nine years, 4500 Americans died and 32,000 were wounded. In three weeks, the 6000 that are left will be gone too. The dollar cost was $823 billion. Tomorrow, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the President will give thanks for the sacrifices that have been made for what he once called "a dumb war." Have both administrations been more concerned about domestic politics than policy in the Middle East? Did the deaths of 100,000 Iraqi civilians mean US troops had to go? Can Iraq's armed forces keep the peace?  Is Prime Minister Maliki another strong man?

 



 
Credits

Guests:
Liz Sly - Washington Post - @lizsly, Anthony Cordesman - Center for Strategic and International Studies, Feisal Istrabadi - Indiana University - @csme_iu, Lawrence Korb - Center for American Progress Action Fund - @LarryKorb

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Anna Scott, Sonya Geis