Don't look now, but…
by Justin Raimondo, July 20, 2009
".....If we take the SOFA and Obama’s public statements at face value, the U.S. will be out of Iraq by 2011 – yet the agreement has at least one prominent escape hatch, and the president in whose hands its execution rests has a proclivity for slipping out the back door.
Furthermore, if the U.S. means to confront Iran on all sides and squeeze the Iranians until they scream – and that, I’m afraid, is precisely what’s in the cards – then we cannot even begin to contemplate getting out of Iraq any time soon. Analysts have been skeptical all along of Obama’s promise to withdraw according to a fixed timetable. It looks to me like their pessimism is rapidly being confirmed.
And don’t forget about that "residual" "support" group, the one that isn’t supposed to engage in combat operations directly: expect it to grow over the coming months and years – and take on a distinctly combative character."