Senators, Defense Leaders Spar Over Iraq

By: AP
By: AP
Senators complained Tuesday that pulling all troops out of Iraq leaves that nation open to influence from Iran, but the Defense Secretary says there was no choice.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are complaining that using thousands of contractors in Iraq in place of U.S. troops beginning next year will be more costly and create a greater security risk in the country and the region.

In sharp exchanges, senators complained Tuesday that the U.S. failure to negotiate a continued troop presence in Iraq after the end of this year leaves the country open to influence from Iran.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fired back, saying the U.S. had to remove all forces from Iraq because Baghdad refused to provide legal immunities for troops that could become involved in combat or counterterrorism activities there.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said America continues to negotiate with Iraq over the kinds of future military assistance America can provide.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    So, tell me again why we went into Iraq in the first place. The war on terrorism? Oil? Humanitarianism to depose a brutal dictator? Bin Laden was in Pakistan all the time. The supply of oil hasn't been affected by the "liberation" of Iraq. Saddam Hussien is gone but sect killings go on and Iran is fueling it for when we are gone for their own aims. Hillary already has a number of "contractors" (Mercenaries on the state dept payroll)in Iraq. What role will they play after our military pulls out? Will Iran invade Iraq? If they do, Saudi Arabia will be wetting their pants because Shiite Iran is the biggest threat to the Sunni royalty in Saudi Arabia. Guess who will come to the defense of the Saudis. Also guess how much closer to Israel the Iranian missiles could be placed if Iran takes over or allies with a radical regime in Iraq they could help set up. So, tell me again why we went into Iraq in the first place.
  • by Bob on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Why don't you post comments why we are young?
  • by Paul Location: Colorado on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    There is no choice, bring them home, not just from Iraq, but from every where they are in the world, secure our own borders, repair our country, let them do what they will. we have the power and the technology to correct it with out killing one single American. why are we afraid of letting them fail, like the children we raise, sometimes you just have to kick them out. We can not as a nation afford any more Iraq's Vote for "NONE OF THE ABOVE"
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