Obama completes reversal in Iraq war policy

It was the mainstay of his primary campaign: Withdrawal from Iraq within 16 months of office. Either he lied to pull the only difference between him and H. Clinton as an ace up his sleeve, or he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about in the first place.

You’ve been talking about those limited missions for a long time. Having gone there and talked to both diplomatic and military folks, do you have a clearer idea of how big a force you’d need to leave behind to fulfill all those functions?

I do think that’s entirely conditions-based. It’s hard to anticipate where we may be six months from now, or a year from now, or a year and a half from now.

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*Update 8:00 pm – Sorry, I had a cut and past catastrophe and ended up with the wrong quote before.