Iraqi General Just Not Ready to Let Us Go


General Babaker Shawkat Zebari, the commander of Iraq’s military, is suggesting that the United States stick around for, oh, another ten years or so. “If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the U.S. army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020,” he said at a conference in Baghdad. “Look at the Turks, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain,” he said. “All of these countries have American bases under bilateral agreements. And I don’t think we should be afraid of that idea.” He’s like a mom dealing with her soon-to-be empty nest, fruitlessly trying to convince her son to go to a local college instead of the one a five-hour drive away. Oh, sure, he’ll say it’s about “security” and “fighting the insurgency,” but he’ll just miss us too much, is what it is.

Top Iraq general: U.S. army ‘must stay’ until 2020 [MSNBC]