And there's the rub. In Iraq, as in Afghanistan (where despite Karzai's hostile rhetoric, a long-term "strategic partnership" agreement is being negotiated), the prospect of a continuing presence of quasi-permanent US military bases in both countries, lasting far beyond the nominal exit dates, is a very real one. Behind all the talk of withdrawals lies this dirty little secret: the Yanks aren't going home.
That's from Simon Tisdall's piece for the Guardian. Tonight we have a question: Why are the British more concerned about a withdrawal than is the American press/
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):