Above is the initial letter issued by US command in Iraq.“Sir, in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement,” read a letter from United States Marine Corps Brigadier General William H. Seely III, the commanding general of Task Force Iraq.
Below is the rebuttal issued later by the Pentagon.
"Poorly worded," was it? That's a giveaway!“That letter is a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released,” Gen Mark Milley said, adding that it was “poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what’s happening”.
So it was substantively correct but badly worded then, eh?
It "implies withdrawal," did it?!
Y'know - you're right. It does!
It's that loose use of the term "repositioning".
Aha, I see.
So the U.S. is merely "repositioning forces."
Ok, so that's not a withdrawal at all.
It's just some repositioning is all.
This is just the usual way you smokescreen a retreat.
Of course the mainstream media acts all so confused.
Plus it's a pitch to retain residual non-repositioned forces and bases.
That's what the letter actually implies