- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look, I think old Obama is a pretty good president. And I’ve said I think Gates is the best secretary of defense ever. But I think getting all hot and bothered over the possibility of taking one more brigade out of Iraq this year overlooks two basic facts:
- Obama has broken a campaign promise to take out a brigade a month. (I think he was right to do this, but that’s neither here nor there.)
- Right now, we have about as many troops in Iraq as on average over the last six years.
But I know, this is just today’s lead…
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