by Bill Wilson
The announcement that the United States would pull all of its troops out of Iraq by year’s end seemed to be a surprise announcement from the White House. There were debates throughout the summer between the US and Iraq over troop presence in the country. Finally, there was an impasse over the demand that US troops must be exempt from Iraqi law if they were to stay. The Iraq government would not budge, demanding that America’s servicemen and women be subject to Iraqi law. Bottom line, with negotiations at an impasse, the president announced that aside from the troops needed to protect the American embassy, America was pulling out by the end of the year. But, as usual, there is more to the story.