When Obama said our troops are coming home, I never believed him.
(ABC) BAGHDAD, Iraq — President Obama made some rather bold statements in his Iraq withdrawal announcement on Oct. 21.
“So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year,” he said in the October announcement. ”Today, I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”
But it turns out that not every U.S. troop from Iraq will be home for the holidays.
There is a good chance the 1st Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division based in good ol’ Ft. Hood, Texas, will have to stay in Kuwait for a few more months. A brigade is about 3,000-4,000 troops.
A Senior Defense Official on Panetta’s plane ride over to Iraq said some of the forces still in Iraq will go to Kuwait and then transition back home, some will stick around in Kuwait for a period of time.
The senior defense official said that some troops – numbering “something less than a brigade” – will remain in Kuwait for a certain period of time. The official referenced possibly 3,000 to 4,000 and then acknowledged that the details have not been worked out with the Kuwaitis.
“A very small percentage,” will stay behind in Kuwait, the official said, adding that those who have only served part of their deployments in Iraq by Dec. 31 will likely be the ones who stay behind in Kuwait.