Well it looks like Trump has accidentally kept a campaign promise of bringing the troops home.
Perhaps next he will accidentally build that border wall.
Courtesy of DW:
The Iraqi parliament voted on Sunday to remove US troops from Iraq.
In an extraordinary session, lawmakers voted for a resolution to ask the government to end an agreement with Washington to station 5,200 troops in Iraq.
The resolution specifically calls for ending a 2014 agreement that allowed Washington to send troops to Iraq to help in the fight against the “Islamic State” group.
“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read.
“The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.”
Apparently this resolution is nonbinding, but the president of Iraq is totally on board so it is definitely happening.
I cannot see bringing the troops home from Iraq as a bad thing, but getting kicked out of the country does not exactly bode well for future negotiations with that country.
By the way, Donald Trump had another insane response to this news.
Courtesy of NBC News:
President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to slap sanctions on Iraq after its parliament passed a resolution calling for the government to expel foreign troops from the country.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, the U.S. president said: “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” Trump said.
The president added that “If there’s any hostility, that they do anything we think is inappropriate, we are going to put sanctions on Iraq, very big sanctions on Iraq.”
Oh, this is good, let’s not only pick a fight with Iran, let’s go ahead and turn Iraq against us as well.
Ultimately this could mean that we will not only be getting into a shooting war with Iran, but also fighting the Iraqis again if they join forces.
Wouldn’t that be special?