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-- fireworks there over the White House has promised that all US combat troops in Iraq.
Will be home for the holidays the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he has faith in Iraq's new government did you hear that.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has faith in Iraq's new government write it down.
But Arizona Senator John McCain pointed out that talks were in place to keep some troops -- -- after December.
But they broke down when Iraq refused to grant legal immunity to US forces.
Senator McCain are urged argued that the officials could have brokered a deal accusing the white house of making a political move.
We have a relationship -- that goes back many many years and they've always told us truth and the truth is that.
This administration was committed to the complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and they made it happen.
Certainly Senator McCain.
That's just simply not true.
Well I guess you can believe and I -- and I respect and I respect -- totally effective and everything that's your opinion that's but that's not the outcome and the outcome is that's not exactly as predicted but that's not -- -- happened this does is how it happened this is this this is about negotiating this is about negotiating.
With the sovereign country and independent country.
This was about there needs.
And in what they said is we want you out in the end what we're doing is coming home.
Argued that Iraq's new government could immediately become friendly with Iran but American forces are leaving at a dramatic -- A few years ago there were 34000 US troops in Iraq now just 24000.
This -- Nicholas Burns the international politics professor at Harvard -- of all adversity former US ambassador to NATO mr.
burns nice to see you thank you.
Thank you they claim politics claim whatever you want the Iraqis said get out we said okay we're going home.
What more do we need to know -- that help us fill in the gaps there.
Check me on this one this is this is a close one but I think that President Obama did what he could and did the best job he -- he and his ambassador there Jim Jeffrey.
-- try to convince the Iraqis to agree to a continuation of an American troop presence.
At the end of the day.
I think the person responsible for this is prime minister Maliki he refused to close friend and LSU.
To our friend press prime minister Maliki refuse to take the immunity issue to the Iraqi parliament for a vote and that was the problem no American president.
Couldn't leave American troops in the country where they would be liable to prosecution.
We wouldn't do that anywhere in the world and no president Republican or Democrat could do that so I think the Obama administration -- when it where they could that is certainly a disappointment.
An American troops -- -- have some residual troops there to deal with Iran.
And the deal with the training that's necessary for the Iraqi Army don't we have other places for troops decides in Iraq.
Well we do and I think to the larger question here your right to suggest that is what will be the impact.
-- complete withdrawal of American troops on our relationship with Iran.
I think we're strong enough in the gulf with our naval and air forces with the other American military forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Arab world.
Supremely powerful compared to Iran and Iran's gonna have to respect that American military power I do not see this is a strategic defeat.
For the United States and that life but because we have so many other places to be instantly -- -- the places where we already are right.
We we have substantial American troop presence throughout the Arab world particularly in the gulf area.
As I said it's -- and Afghanistan and I wouldn't discount the fact that if the Persian gulf is the new epicenter of potential conflict.
Between around the United States.
We have superiority in the air and superiority on the -- that's what's meaningful it would have been nice to have a few thousand extra troops in Iraq.
But it's not critical and determinative in my judgment.
Nicholas -- Smart.
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