So says one of the generals to whom Chimpy claims to listen.
A senior U.S. officer admitted Monday that the presence of more than 300,000 foreign troops in the Middle East, most of them American, was a “contributory factor” to instability in the region.
The admission was made by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt – a key strategist in the U.S. Central Command covering the Middle East – as he spelled out the American military’s plan to “reposture” its forces over an area stretching from Egypt in the west to Pakistan in the east, and from Kazakhstan in the north to Uganda in the south.
The U.S. would “not maintain any long-term bases in Iraq” he said in a major speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. “Our position is when we leave we will not have any bases there.”