Michele Flournoy Backs Off Residual Force In Iraq

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Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 11:27 am

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) asked Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy-designate, if she still supports a proposal she published for the Center for a New American Security in mid-2007 that would leave 60,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Flournoy’s answer: No.

“I think I would not be willing to stand behind that number at this time,” she said, clarifying that “when I wrote that it was at a somewhat different time, there was no SOFA commitment, [and] the security environment was different.” Flournoy added that a “very strong commitment” for the Obama administration and the Gates Pentagon was “implementing the SOFA and moving U.S. forces out of a combat role.” What remained uncertain was what, in 2011, when the SOFA’s requirments for a U.S. departure wrap up, “what support for Iraqi forces would look like, and we don’t know if the Iraqi government would want any U.S. forces.”

When pressed, she said it was “not necessarily” a requirement to keep a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq. And for the defense wonks out there, she said that she “do[es] not think Korea provides the right metaphor for what our longterm relationship with Iraq is and should be.” Korea, of couse, hosts tens of thousands of U.S. troops over half a century after the end of the Korean War.

It’s worth pointing out that the Center for a New American Security’s 2007 proposal basically struck the most robust position within the Democratic Party in favor of keeping troops in Iraq. (Although it should be noted that CNAS backed away from that somewhat in their 2008 Iraq policy.) So if that was a concern for people about Flournoy’s nomination, she went a long way toward putting that to rest.

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Hamma Mirwaisi
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 11:36 am

Appealing to the US government official for Justice

I am a naturalized citizen of the USA. I do understand that the laws are counting me equal with other citizen in the country. But individuals are not counting me as a full citizen.
I was trying to serve my country the USA who adopted me during the hardest time of my life with wife and two children’s. While I was searching for job in the Army CI department the people interview; I made me look like Osama bin Laden on his paper work.
I was working on the Air force Satellite communications for many years and had security clearance (Secret) and over two years serving military war effort in Iraq. Now they are damaged my security clearance.
The US governments are accusing me to not be good citizen. I went to senator and Congress men; I am told every thing are fine but when I look for Job there are note on my interim security clearance will chase away hiring companies to consider me for the Job for over one year now.
There are no other agencies to go too. The US governments are treating me very bad; I do need help please.
I did write “Policy-designate Michele Flournoy” and asked her to hire me. I am originally from Iraq and lived in Iran’s too. I do understand the culture, religions, political structures inside out about both countries above and want to help her department but there are no way to reach these people in power.
I am writing this and hope that she and others will read my comment and start counting people like me as a citizen. I am the “naturalized citizens” and want the US Government to count me as a full citizen of the USA and give me the chance to serve in this hard time.
I hope she or her subordinate or some other people in the State department or department of defense will read this advertising of myself and will send me an email to offer me a job so I can serve my country the USA.
Thanks for any help you might provide.

Regards,
Hamma Mirwaisi
hmirwaisi@gmail.com
Jan-28-2009


Hamma Mirwaisi
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

Appealing to the US government official for Justice

I am a naturalized citizen of the USA. I do understand that the laws are counting me equal with other citizen in the country. But individuals are not counting me as a full citizen.
I was trying to serve my country the USA who adopted me during the hardest time of my life with wife and two children’s. While I was searching for job in the Army CI department the people interview; I made me look like Osama bin Laden on his paper work.
I was working on the Air force Satellite communications for many years and had security clearance (Secret) and over two years serving military war effort in Iraq. Now they are damaged my security clearance.
The US governments are accusing me to not be good citizen. I went to senator and Congress men; I am told every thing are fine but when I look for Job there are note on my interim security clearance will chase away hiring companies to consider me for the Job for over one year now.
There are no other agencies to go too. The US governments are treating me very bad; I do need help please.
I did write “Policy-designate Michele Flournoy” and asked her to hire me. I am originally from Iraq and lived in Iran’s too. I do understand the culture, religions, political structures inside out about both countries above and want to help her department but there are no way to reach these people in power.
I am writing this and hope that she and others will read my comment and start counting people like me as a citizen. I am the “naturalized citizens” and want the US Government to count me as a full citizen of the USA and give me the chance to serve in this hard time.
I hope she or her subordinate or some other people in the State department or department of defense will read this advertising of myself and will send me an email to offer me a job so I can serve my country the USA.
Thanks for any help you might provide.

Regards,
Hamma Mirwaisi
hmirwaisi@gmail.com
Jan-28-2009


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