President Obama and the biased media wing of the Democrat Party are heralding the "official" end of the Iraq War.
They are neglecting to note that in order to get the Democrats' nomination, presidential candidate Obama promised to remove all combat brigades from Iraq within 16 months:
Whatever nuance Barack Obama is now adding to his Iraq withdrawal strategy, the core plan on his Web site is as plain as day: Obama would "immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months."
As we reported in July 2008, Obama's 16 month withdrawal plan was not realistic. To save face, President Obama redesignated the 7 remaining combat brigades still in Iraq after his artificial 16 month deadline as "Advise and Assist Brigades," and declared his scheduled end to the war in Iraq on August 31, 2011
All U.S. troops, except for a 159 uniformed troops and officers as well as a marine guard in the US embassy in Baghdad, will be out of Iraq before December 31, 2011, as required by the Status of Forces Agreement President Bush made with Iraq.
The Democrats can trumpet the Obama Iraq withdrawal all they want, but it was accomplished right on schedule -- a schedule established by President Bush, not Obama.