Iraqi Parliament votes to kick out US troops

by Chris Becker

Well this is a turn after the US assassinated a top Iranian general in Iraq over the weekend  – and it would at least make Trump happy by undoing even more of Obama’s legacy if the US completely got out of Iraq.

From Reuters:

Iraq’s parliament called on Sunday for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave amid a growing backlash against the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander that has heightened fears of a wider Middle East conflict.

In a war of words between Iran and the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would target any Iranian decision-makers it chose if there were further attacks on U.S. interests by Iranian forces or their proxies.

Qassem Soleimani was killed on Friday in a U.S. drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport, an attack that carried U.S.-Iranian hostilities into uncharted waters and stoked concern about a major conflagration.

The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution calling for an end to all foreign troop presence, reflecting the fears of many in Iraq that the strike could engulf them in another war between two bigger powers long at odds in Iraq and across the region.

“The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, air space or water for any reason,” it said.

While such resolutions are not binding on the government, this one is likely to be heeded: Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi had earlier called on parliament to end foreign troop presence as soon as possible.

Some 5,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, most in an advisory role.

Sunday’s parliamentary resolution was passed by overwhelmingly Shi’ite lawmakers, as the special session was boycotted by most Sunni Muslim and Kurdish lawmakers.

The timing of this attack is of course questionable given the upcoming impeachment trial, but is really part of a three year long campaign by the Trump Administration to place enormous pressure on Iran in stark contrast to the previous administration’s attempt at fostering diplomacy and de-escalation.

NATO ambassadors will be meeting later today in an emergency meeting as they were blindsided by the attack, quickly deciding to suspend the combined training mission on the ground in Iraq.

The oil price spiked last week and is about to open even higher, matching the 2019 highs, which can only help certain oil-producing countries that thrive on geopolitical tension:


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A conflagration may be imminent, but thankfully there’s a calm and reposed leader of the free world guiding a massive military complex:

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  1. rob barrattMEMBER

    So
    Back to post Saddam square 1 again then. The Sunni and Shiite tectonic plates ready to grind against each other again in another outburst of tribal warfare.
    One good thing about having a ruthless dictator running things is that the tribes fear the dictator more than they detest each other. It’s just a question of choosing which system minimizes the body count. I’d have gone for Tito in what was Yugoslavia any day rather than what followed. Of course the First World was no different, it’s just that we’re between conflicts right now…
    God, I love being a hairless ape.

    • Janus Cuke Umber

      Yugoslavia was an abomination and Tito was one off the main reasons it all turned to crap.

      • Diversity + Proximity + x factor = ….. WAR

        X factor can be; competition for available or shrinking resources, a power/control vacuum or both.

    • People used to say democracy would never work in Latin America, better off keeping dictators. It eventually settled. Mind you there was no Sykes Picot to resolve…

  2. Ronin8317MEMBER

    What is certain now is Iran will retaliate, what is not certain is how. Any American in the Middle East is now ‘fair game’ for Iranian targetted assassination.

    Asking someone to come to negotiation and then assassinating them on the road will neither be forgiven or forgotten.

      • Who were attacked by an allies’ militia made of other militia allies they armed and trained.

        How are they now? Haven’t heard much since they signed their deal with Assad.

        • rob barrattMEMBER

          A lot of those “militias” (not to mention ISIL & co) make Assad look like Mother Teresa.

    • This is classic distraction tactics from impeachment.

      Trump thinks he can get away with anything, and rightly so, all thanks to the GOP senators. If they think Trump will be grateful for saving him from impeachment or stop pushing his luck going forward, they are utterly deluded.

      • That and the fact that it just sent the shares of arms manufacturers into orbit which will please a small clique of people. not least Trump who, I’m sure was not long that sector at all 😉

        The military industrial complex has not had a good feed for a while so it would have been getting very antsy with the Trump administration

    • Maybe not, there would be some within the ruling regime in Iran who would be throwing a party that he’s been killed.

    • Retaliation via forced marathon viewing sessions of Tehran’s Got Talent across the middle east.

  3. Brilliant. What better excuse for getting out of iraq than having the government of the day ask you to leave?

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      The US can leave anything they want, but they stayed because they don’t want Iraq to become a client state of Iran, which now seems inevitable unless Trump starts Gulf War 3.

        • That’s usually the way, isn’t it.

          Muammar Gaddafi wasn’t the nicest bloke but he certainly ran a tight ship.

          • Gaddafi was leader of Libya. He was intending to set up a gold backed dinar and to help other African countries raise their living standards, Ducati on standards literacy as he had done for Libya. There are taps into the desert sand for1500 ki,omegres out of which cone pure cold water, one of Gaddafis dreams put into effect. Now there are open slave markets.

      • Correction: Trump starts (and loses) Gulf War 3. Past performance by USA is a good predictor of future performance.

        The mind boggles at what the extra military spending has not achieved – just like Oz. Oioioi

        • You don’t think it’s failure by design? If peace suddenly reigned, what would happen to all those arms manufacturers, all those jobs currently based in the US?

          They’re just about the only jobs that haven’t been out-sourced to China.

    • Putin could not be happier – all the more reason to derail impeachment and reelect Trump.

      How can I trade long Putin?

      • He is vastly more measured and statesman-like than Trump. And way smarter.

        He must be watching bemused at that orange-haired ‘tard

  4. The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment.

    Man with a Hammer Syndrome. To the man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. This essentially means that people are biased to use the tools they possess to solve problems, regardless of whether such tools are appropriate for the problem at hand.
    http://www.tacitim.com/man-hammer-syndrome/

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Yes go to a podiatrist with a headache and guess what, yup its your feet causing it.
      Also its always about money, easy money that is. Why don’t thieves just work and save harder.
      The fire chiefs ignore David Packham then ask for more money when his predictions come true.

  5. I doubt this has anything to do with Impeachment, but if it did, what better answer to the procrastination of the Democrats than ” I made a decision and acted on it. What did you guys do after your decisive vote?! Oh, that’s right. You thought I was such an imminent threat to Freedom and Democracy that you’d hang around until after your Christmas holidays and then do something – maybe”

    • Trump was clearly unhappy about the noise he heard from the GOP insiders after he abandoned the Kurds in Syria. So Trump is now demanding their total capitulation and obedience – he will do whatever he wants without any noise or irritating questions being asked.

      The GOP will still cave, of course. After all, the red electorate thinks Trump is greater than Abraham Lincoln.

    • Agree. Cause impeachment and foreign policy are so linked. By MSM – POTUS doesnt run US foreign policy – that is the right of the unelected US interagencies. And that Trump wasnt properly elected under the US electoral college. Yea screw democracy and US constitution.

    • The ironic thing being that the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes and Qassem Soleimani without any authorisation from congress is a vastly more impeachable offence than asking the Ukranians to look into the Bidens corruption. Sadly though with zionists controlling both parties, US politicians will only cheer trump on.

      • Good point!

        I bet Israel and Mossad didn’t shed any tears over the killing of Soleimani.

  6. – Based on what I have seen coming out of the US, Trump hasn’t got a clue what the “ins and outs” of the political situation are in the Middle East.
    – I think that when Iran would allow Trump to build a hotel / apartments / units in Teheran and add them to the holdings of the Trump companies that then Trump would sign a peace deal tomorrow. But there are other forces that both Trump, G. W. Bush and Obama had to respect and are forced to bow to. Hence the US assasination of that iranian general.
    – US troops leaving Iraq ? I still have to see it happening before I believe it. Does that include withdrawing US and israeli troops from Iraqi Kurdistan ?
    – I think the US will fight “tooth and nail” to prevent US being forced out of Iraq. Or the US will try to overthrow the current government.

    – The website “Moon of Alabama” (MOA) Always provides some very interesting viewpoints on what’s going on in e.g. the Middle East. Warning: MOA thinks that the US has made – over the years – A LOT OF mistakes that has weakened US “influence” in the Middle East.

    Weblink:
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/

    – Remember the chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times” !!!

    • Good to see that someone else here reads MOA, it is a great site for analysis on the geopolitics of the middle east.
      Not sure the US will leave Iraq as that would lead to them also needing to leave Syria. Trumps main sponsors are rabidly racist zionists that would be extremely unhappy with a US withdrawal from Iraq and Syria, as it would strengthen the resistance to Israel in the region and help Iran gain greater influencel. In fact one of Trumps main sponsors Sheldon Adelson has been quoted as saying he wants the US to nuke Iran.

    • In an interview Trump totally confused the ‘QUDs Force’ with the Kurds. I doubt if he as an individual has much of a grasp of the actors in the Middle East so I guess he is easily manipulated.

  7. Every post here is childish, terrifying that none have a clue about the significance of this, nor who advised Trump. Nor the significance of the Red Flag to begin. None recognise arch duke Ferdinand in this, nor understand Soleimani, nor that Russia came into Syria because they understood what he asked for them and consequences if they did not, so you block me, stupid stupid man.

  8. …and now Trump says they wont leave unless Iraq pays for the all the US military bases there or…
    “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”
    With friends like the US, who needs enemies.

  9. what country is the biggest oil producer in the world?
    who is going to be hit hardest if middle east goes BOOM?

    oil shortages pushing oil price to $200 while taking down Chinese economy look like Trump/Putin wet dreams

    lucky we have fuel reserves