Investigative journalist Gareth Porter says Obama's speech sent a contradictory message, supposedly a marker for ending the war but instead leaving open the possibility of an extended American commitment.
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Porter says the speech creates the, "rationale for a longer-term U.S. engagement in Iraq." As for Obama’s insistence that the residual force is intended for support, Porter says "they are combat troops to a great extent... What we're really talking about is what has been referred to as a ‘rapid reaction force.’”
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