President Obama pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq in 2011 because he couldn’t get Iraq’s parliament to offer U.S. soldiers immunity from Iraqi prosecution. But now Obama is promising to send in hundreds of special operations forces based on a written promise that these soldiers will not be tried in Iraq’s famously compromised courts for actions they are taking in defense of Baghdad.
The U.S. military and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have opposed sending any special operations teams to Iraq until there is a written agreement from Iraq’s government that they will not be prosecuted under Iraqi law. On Monday, the White House spokesman said those promises were provided in an exchange of diplomatic notes. The delay in getting that agreement is one of many reasons why the Pentagon and the White House were reluctant to support air strikes inside Iraq—despite lobbying from Secretary of State John Kerry and his aides.
“We remain confident that the military advisers will have the protections they need,” said Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the National Security Council. “They are going to Iraq with the full support of the Iraqi government. We are working through the mechanism for assurances and we hope to [have it] resolved soon.”
The debate has echoes of 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton favored keeping more troops in Iraq past 2011 than President Obama.
Wow, so we just took their word for it. How stupid. No proof in writing. OK, then I want to borrow 5 million dollars and not sign that I did. I'll pay you back. Same thing.
Isn't that what he did with ObamaCare?
The work of Lying MuSLIMes my Gawad this man is a disaster walking on 2 spindly legs up right.
only he has a tail and horns!
I am retired military...and I feel so sorry for those in uniform today...to have to serve under this commander in chief.....his screwed up and weak foreign policy has been responsible for more deaths..and many of his orders and policies are illegal anyway....and do not even recognize him as the president much less the commander in chief.
Shouldn't it be Commander and Thief?
My son wanted to enlist in the Army and I urged him to wait until Obama is out of power!!!! And that's pretty telling since most of my family have served, some of them career. I never thought I would ever tell someone not to serve his/her country, but this evil man is NOT a friend to our military, or to our Country for that matter.
Another setup and lie. Keep pissin on the Troops obama and watch what they will end up doing.
WHAT FOOL TAKES A LIAR'S WORD FOR ANYTHING?
Barry is the exception to the 'get it in writing' rule. He wouldn't honor it even if it was gold plated in writing.
NEVER TRUST A LIAR
ONCE A LIAR ALWAYS A LIAR.
These days getting it in writing does not guarantee anything! LIAR=untrustworthy forever!
This is no stupider than Poland and Isreal trusting oblamebush to have their backs. Or the Ukraine.