Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Your information is incorrect. We had a lot of options to stay. The Iraq's didn't kick us out. We chose to leave. McCain would not have left.
No that is correct information. The Status of Force agreement set a deadline under Bush. Obama had to get out. The Iraqi's wanted us out. McCain may have pushed to stay but I am not sure he could have without some major controversy. But the agreement was signed by Bush.
Each man's attacks are rooted in fact. The Obama administration did attempt, unsuccessfully, to extend the presence of a scaled-back U.S. training mission in Iraq, while Romney has said Washington should have kept a considerably larger force in Baghdad.
The status of forces agreement — put into place in 2008, before Obama took office — called for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011. When that time came, the Obama administration tried to work out an extension of the agreement with the Iraqi government that would have kept an unspecified number of U.S. troops (likely between 3,000 and 5,000) in the country to train Iraqi security forces.
The deal fell apart after Iraqi political leadership refused to grant legal immunity for U.S. troops, and the last U.S. troops withdrew from the country in December 2011.