PLEDGE NOW
U.S. Troops To Leave Iraq: What Happens Now?

The Obama administration will withdraw troops from Iraq as scheduled. We’ll take a look at what happens now.

An Iraqi police officer uses a  detector at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. A U.S. Department of State program to train Iraqi police lacks focus, could become a "bottomless pit" of American money, and is not even appreciated by the Iraqi government, a U.S. government watchdog warned in a report released Monday. (AP)

An Iraqi police officer uses a detector at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. A U.S. Department of State program to train Iraqi police lacks focus, could become a "bottomless pit" of American money, and is not even appreciated by the Iraqi government, a U.S. government watchdog warned in a report released Monday. (AP)

George W. Bush cut the deal, but Barack Obama confirmed it on Friday. After nearly nine years of war, US troops will be out of Iraq by the end of this year. No extension. No big stay-behind vestigial force in the country to keep the peace or keep Iran at bay. A million US service men and women have served in Iraq. A hundred and fifty will stay to guard the embassy.

It’s not what the Pentagon wanted. It is what Barack Obama promised. It is what Iraqi politics demanded. And it’s coming very soon.

This hour On Point: US troops head for the exits in Iraq.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and dean of the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

Ellen Laipson, president, Henry L. Stimson Center

Julian Barnes, Pentagon correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

Tim Arango, Baghdad Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “Beyond the final withdrawal of troops that President Obama announced Friday, America’s fiscal troubles are dictating a drastic scaling back of plans for diplomatic, economic and cultural programs once deemed vital to steadying Iraq, building a long-term alliance and prying the country from Iran’s tightening embrace.”

Foreign Policy “The Obama administration is claiming it always intended to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year, in line with the president’s announcement today, but in fact several parts of the administration appeared to try hard to negotiate a deal for thousands of troops to remain — and failed.”

Al Jazeera “In a decision promptly denounced by Republicans, President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all US troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the Christmas holidays in late December.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jul 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jul 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 31, 2015
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

 
Jul 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: July 31, 2015
Friday, Jul 31, 2015

A regular reminder that RTs are not endorsements, links have specific authorship and patience is a virtue.

More »
1 Comment
 
Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

More »
Comment
 
Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

More »
Comment