Thursday, March 04, 2010

VOA: Obama administration adamant that, barring some calamity, withdrawal will proceed as planned

Voice of America's Gary Thomas wrote on VOANews.com online today that the Obama administration is adamant that, barring some calamity, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will proceed as planned.

Thomas quoted former National Security Council Iraq director Charles Dunne as saying this Iraqi election cycle will be the most dangerous period for Iraq, and the United States: "What happens after the elections... is going to be the period of maximum tension, and that is where the United States is going to have to make a lot of decisions... about what their force levels are going to be and what their withdrawal schedule is going to be."

U.S. combat forces are scheduled to withdraw from Iraq by the end of August.

Unfortunately, Jeremiah predicted that the occupying forces in Babylon -- modern-day Iraq -- will leave, not because of successful elections and meeting a pre-set timetable, but out of utter frustration and exhaustion at the failure of reconstruction: "We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven and towers to the very skies," (Jer 51:9).

And what precipitates this abandonment? A calamity of flames engulfing Babylon's cities: "I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs... Her high gates will be set on fire, so the peoples will toil for nothing, and the nations become exhausted (because of the) fire," (Jer 50:32, 51:58).

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