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What Comes Next

The US Army is leaving Iraq at the end of the year or maybe not depending on how the negotiations on thousands of trainers works out.  Why remain in Iraq at all?  According to the State Department it’s to maintain “situational awareness around the country, manage political crises in potential hotspots such as Kirkuk, and provide a platform for delivering economic, development and security assistance.” Today Hillary warned Iran not to take advantage of the situation or it would make us very angry.  Last week she told Pakistan to heel or we would use our troops to sort things out in the tribal areas.  Too late for any of that stuff Hillary.  If you haven’t noticed we are running out of money.

And then there are the Republican candidates, all of whom condemn the departure from Iraq (as if we had any choice – we are being asked to leave).  All except for Ron Paul, who is not considered a real Republican by the media and his peers.  A leading American Senator and psychopath, whose appetite has apparently been whetted by the price tag of “only $1.1 billion” required to kill Libya’s Gadhafi, is now looking ahead to future adventures.  As AP reports it, “U.S. Senator John McCain said Sunday that military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered now that NATO’s air campaign in Libya is ending. ‘Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria,’ McCain said at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. ‘The Assad regime should not consider that it can get away with mass murder. Gadhafi made that mistake and it cost him everything,’ he added. ‘Iran’s rulers would be wise to heed similar counsel,’ McCain said.”

Syria first and then Iran, or maybe the other way around.  Persistent reports from Israel suggest that the Israeli cabinet has already approved an attack on Iran and is only delaying due to pressure from Washington.

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Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.

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