Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

On Friday, you announced that all U.S. troops would be leaving Iraq by the end of the year. You stressed that this would fulfill your campaign promise to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

Until negotiations with Iraq on the Status of Forces Agreement broke down last week, however, you were pushing to keep several thousand troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year. Why were you, for the last several months, actively trying to reach an agreement that would have violated your campaign promise? What happened last week to give your campaign promise primacy over your judgment that several thousand U. S. troops needed to remain in Iraq?

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