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The U.S. wants to keep perhaps several thousand troops in Iraq, not to engage in combat but to guard against an unraveling of a still-fragile peace. This was made clear during Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit Thursday and Friday in which he and the top U.S. commander in Iraq talked up the prospect of an extended U.S. stay.

How big a military commitment might the U.S. be willing to make beyond 2011? "It just depends on what the Iraqis want and what we're able to provide and afford," Gates said Thursday at a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul where U.S. soldiers advise and mentor Iraqi forces. He said the U.S. would consider a range of possibilities, from staying an extra couple of years to remaining in Iraq as permanent partners.
Although I am against "war for hire", the duration of our stay should be based on what the Iraqis are willing to pay us in oil.
We cannot provide or afford ANYTHING!
We are broke...
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Although I am against "war for hire", the duration of our stay should be based on what the Iraqis are willing to pay us in oil.
We cannot provide or afford ANYTHING!
We are broke...
I would offer up an opinion, but that's all it would be. I don't know what the pentagon knows. I just hope they make the right decision for the right reasons.
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I would offer up an opinion, but that's all it would be. I don't know what the pentagon knows. I just hope they make the right decision for the right reasons.
I know that we are nearing a 100% debt to GDP ratio which means that we do not have any money to stay in Iraq - regardless of what the experts in the military-industrial complex "know."
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I know that we are nearing a 100% debt to GDP ratio which means that we do not have any money to stay in Iraq - regardless of what the experts in the military-industrial complex "know."
Which is why I said, "I hope they make the right decision". I'm sure they are aware of our economic situation. And like Gates said, "It just depends on what the Iraqis want and what we're able to provide and afford," If it were up to me and my opinion, we would have been gone yesterday.
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Which is why I said, "I hope they make the right decision". I'm sure they are aware of our economic situation. And like Gates said, "It just depends on what the Iraqis want and what we're able to provide and afford," If it were up to me and my opinion, we would have been gone yesterday.
If you were in debt as much as you were worth, what would you be able to afford?

There is no decision to be made.

Unless we are paid directly in oil or oil revenue, we have to leave.
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If you were in debt as much as you were worth, what would you be able to afford?

There is no decision to be made.

Unless we are paid directly in oil or oil revenue, we have to leave.
And hopefully, part of the right decision will be that the US is compensated. Since our staying there would only be if the Iraqi's ask us to stay, it would no longer be a forced intervention and asking for compensation would be a fair thing to do.
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