Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 29, 2011, 7:07 p.m. EST by SandyEnglish
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Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq: Prelude to wider war
While promoted by President Obama and his apologists as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and a turn toward peace, the US military’s forced withdrawal from Iraq only sets the stage for new and bloodier conflicts.
Obama’s announcement from the White House last Friday that all US troops will be out of the country before the end of the year followed Washington’s inability to secure from the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki approval of legislation granting US forces blanket immunity from Iraqi law.
Such impunity is a minimal condition demanded by the Pentagon for US military deployments all over the world. However, so bitter are the experiences of the Iraqi population with a whole litany of war crimes—from the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib to the barbaric siege of Fallujah—that no major Iraqi party could afford to be identified with extending such protection to the American military.