“We’re Not Going Anywhere”

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Testifying before the Senate, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta responded to criticism of the planned withdraw of U.S. troops from Iraq. Said Panetta: “We have more than 40,000 American troops that remain in the Gulf region. We’re not going anywhere.” This is the essence of U.S. foreign policy–we have troops all over the world and they are not going anywhere, and certainly not home to U.S. soil. The foreign policy of Obama is no different than the foreign policy of Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Truman. FDR’s foreign policy was to enter WWII. (See my “Rethinking the Good War.”) Only the presidency of Ron Paul can change U.S. foreign policy.

I also note that after the “withdrawal” from Iraq:

U.S. interests will be represented by a 16,000-person embassy staff that will include military trainers operating under diplomatic protection and private security contractors. Panetta and Dempsey said limited counterterrorism training for Iraqi forces would continue at up to 10 camps around the country.

7:30 am on November 16, 2011