Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service | November 24, 2008
Bush's desire for a long-term military presence in Iraq beyond 2011 has been precluded by an agreement that embarrasses the US administration. ++ The Iraqi government forced changes to the document that leaves only a complete withdrawal. ++ US troops must leave city areas by June 2009 or sooner. ++ The deal went through only because Bush believes Obama would leave more quickly. ++ The refusal of up to 50,000 training and support troops shows how differently Iraq and the US see political realities and the challenges ahead.