Rebranding will not change fact that US troops in Iraq will be involved in combat
Speaking to President Obama’s announcement of withdrawing US combat troops from Iraq within 18 months, Phyllis Bennis says, “Obama says that the combat mission will end but combat will not end. When you leave 50,000 troops on the ground in a volatile, war-like situation, there is going to be combat.”
Part 2 of this interview will be published shortly.
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BioPhyllis Bennis is a Senior Analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. She is the author of Before and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis , Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power. and Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer.