Following the assassination of General Soleimani, the Iraqi parliament held a special session to vote on whether to have US forces expelled from Iraq.
Only the Shia MPs showed up, with no Sunni or Kurdish representation there. The Shia MPs hold a majority and so upon voting they did support the resolution to oust US troops from Iraq.
The resolution is non-binding which means the prime minister must decide whether to do this.
If US forces are made to leave Iraq that can only be good news since our men and women in uniform would at least be out of the way of the IRGC in Iraq.
However, to make things uglier, US president Trump announced the US military is not leaving until the US is compensated for the multi-billion dollar base the US built there in Iraq.
I believe this could only make the situation worse: a country requests that the US leaves but it will not. That makes the US no better than any other aggressor nation in the past that overstayed its welcome in whatever nation was being occupied.
If Iraq decides it wants the US to leave, and the US does not leave, that can only paint the target on the backs of our men and women in uniform, larger. It might also convince more people than just the Shia Muslims that the US is a bully.
It seems that while US President Trump has been successful taking a hard edge with China and NAFTA trade, and maybe less so with defense budgets of some grumbling from NATO allies, his style of being bold and standing his ground for “America first” may not be the best way of handling the Middle East.
We know it is likely that the Second Signpost will begin while Trump is in office. We cannot blame him alone for this, for two reasons: (1) God’s word says this will happen and so it cannot be resisted – it’s like musical chairs and someone will be minus a chair when the music stops, and (2) there are a string of presidents that can share the blame. Four come to mind: Eisenhower for the coup bringing in the shah, Carter for allowing the Islamic Republic to arise, Bush Jr. for taking away the “Iran container” that was Saddam Hussein, and finally Obama for appeasing the regime by signing a stupid nuclear deal and handing them pallets of cash.