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Iraqi Parliament Votes to Expel All American Troops From Iraq

It’s unclear what the failed state can actually do to expel them.

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In the wake of an American rocket strike that killed a prominent Iranian Revolutionary Guard general who was operating in the country, the Iraqi parliament has voted to expel all American military personnel from the nation.

American personnel have been arriving in Iraq in wake of heightened tensions with Iran. An Iranian-funded Shia militia attempted to storm the American embassy in Baghdad, an escalation that was met with the assassination of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani.

Iraq’s Parliament voted to disinvite American military forces from the country on Sunday, citing the end of the need for an international coalition to fight ISIS. Many of the American troops currently in the country first deployed in 2016 to assist the troubled nation in defeating the extensive presence of the former terrorist caliphate.

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It’s unclear what American foreign policy bigwigs think they’re going to accomplish by keeping American troops in Iraq after the nation’s parliament has made it clear they’re not wanted. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed largely dismissive of the declaration during a Fox News Sunday, claiming that it had been orchestrated by an interim Prime Minister who was beholden to the interests of the Iran.

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Pompeo claimed that the Iraqi people themselves desired a continuing American military presence in the country, despite the parliament’s vote.

The prompt disinvitation of American troops from Iraq should serve as a purpose to bring home American service members, as opposed to building up an extensive presence in a country where they’re seemingly not wanted and serve as an available target for Iran to escalate a proxy war with Shia militias.

The failed state of Iraq should have to contend with bloodthirsty militias and ISIS remnants on their own. They’re clearly not worthy of the sacrifices made by American soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors for their own defense.

 

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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine

Completely inappropriate.

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Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.

In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.

In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.

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A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.

Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.

This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.

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