Dozens or Maybe Hundreds

US military presence in Iraq after 2011 could be ‘dozens’

The US military presence in Iraq after the pullout of American forces in 2011 could be just “dozens” under the authority of the embassy, a top White House advisor said Wednesday.

The VP Biden’s NSA Anthony Blinken:

“But when I say small, I’m not talking thousands, I’m talking dozens or maybe hundreds, that’s typically how much we would see.”

Murdoc is guessing that the number will be significantly higher. Perhaps most will be in Kuwait or on ships in the gulf, so not “in Iraq.” It sure isn’t only going to be a few Marines providing security for our embassy, though.

This seems like a crazy thing to go on the record with.

Comments

  1. I would expect that those “dozens” don’t include civilian staff (such as State Dept. personnel), construction contractors, oil companies, the CIA, or the tens-of-thousands of Mercenaries that WILL accompany them.

    That’s not even including Green Berets, and various other thousands of “advisers”.

    1. I agree, though I really would be surprised to see regular military (as in non-SF) in less-than-thousands by the end of next year.

  2. “This seems like a crazy thing to go on the record with.”

    Yes. One explanation: Idiots!

    OK, I’ll be nice and call it ignorance.

    It’s becoming more and more clear that we’re dealing with major ignorance here. They have no clue what the impact of thier words might be.

  3. “But when I say small, I’m not talking thousands, I’m talking dozens or maybe hundreds, that’s typically how much we would see.”

    Is he talking about the number of troops he envisions protecting our southern border?

  4. You guys are just a bunch of right wing haters. Bidon is the undisputed master of wry (some might say cynical) understatement.

    On second thought…………Toejam is right. :)

    This latest idiocy from “the source” is particularly humorous considering the recent testimony of Iraqi Army chief Lt. Gen. Babakir Zebari, that a US military presence is needed/or desired. Way to go Joe!

  5. Iraqi Army chief Lt. Gen. Babakir Zebari, that a US military presence is needed/or desired.

    That’s the problem. Too many nations like Korea seems to want Uncle Sam to foot the bill for their defense. The problem is Sam has lost his job and is behind on his mortgage. It would be nice if the Iraqi’s would give us the revenue from all that oil that was supposedly going to pay for this operation.

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