Remember how Obama said he would pull our troops out of Iraq this year?

Turns out, not so much.

Eight months shy of its deadline for pulling the last American soldier from Iraq and closing the door on an 8-year war, the Pentagon is having second thoughts.

Reluctant to say it publicly, officials fear a final pullout in December could create a security vacuum, offering an opportunity for power grabs by antagonists in an unresolved and simmering Arab-Kurd dispute, a weakened but still active al-Qaida or even an adventurous neighbor such as Iran.

So now they think they’ll have to leave “perhaps several thousand” troops there. For how long?

[Defense Secretary Gates] said the U.S. would consider a range of possibilities, from staying an extra couple of years to remaining in Iraq as permanent partners. [emphasis mine]

Got that? Permanent “partners”.

This is my shocked face.

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[Source: AP Article on Yahoo! News, retrieved 4/9/11]

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