Back in July 01, 2006 V.P. Biden regarding Iraq said "I respect anybody who's reached the conclusion, which is not unreasonable, that whether you're for or against this war, it's lost."
With that, Biden launched into a baseball joke: A center fielder named George makes four errors in two innings. The coach puts Charlie into the field, who immediately drops the ball. Charlie's explanation? "Coach, George screwed up center field so badly, no one could play."
That is big bro 43's legacy. He was such an abject failure that his successor can't hope for anything positive in relation to W's policies.
Iraq is a disaster of Bush's making, and anything Obama does now is doomed to be a failure!
The July 18, 2009 article "U.S. Commanders Are Concerned About New Iraqi Restrictions on American Troops -- Iraq Restricts U.S. Forces -- "American Officials See Link Between Limits, Spate of Attacks" at
states "The Iraqi government has moved to sharply restrict the movement and activities of U.S. forces in a new reading of a six-month-old U.S./Iraqi security agreement that has startled American commanders and raised concerns about the safety of their troops.
In a curt missive issued by the Baghdad Operations Command on July 2 -- the day after Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. troops to bases outside city centers -- Iraq's top commanders told their U.S. counterparts to "stop all joint
patrols" in Baghdad. It said U.S. resupply convoys could travel only at night and ordered the Americans to "notify us immediately of any violations of the agreement."
The strict application of the agreement coincides with what U.S. military officials in Washington say has been an escalation of attacks against their forces by Iranian-backed Shiite extremist groups, to which they have been unable to fully respond.
If extremists realize "some of the limitations that we have, that's a vulnerability they could use against us," a senior U.S. military intelligence official said. "The fact is that some of these are very politically sensitive
targets" thought to be close to the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki."
No country wants an occupier therefore it is understandable the the Iraqis hate us, their occupier.
The article continues, "The new guidelines are a reflection of rising tensions between the two governments. Iraqi leaders increasingly see the agreement as an opportunity to show their citizens that they are now unequivocally in charge and that their dependence on the U.S. military is minimal and waning."
The article continues, "The Americans have been taken aback by the new restrictions on their activities." The Iraqi order runs "contrary to the spirit and practice of our last several months of operations," Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, commander of the Baghdad Division, wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Washington Post.
"Maybe something was 'lost in translation,' " Bolger wrote. "We are not going to hide our support role in the city. I'm sorry the Iraqi politicians lied/dissembled/spun, but we are not invisible nor should we be." He said U.S.troops intend to engage in combat operations in urban areas to avert or respond to threats, with or without help from the Iraqis."