Truths (some) after all, this is the NYT..but we will take it in drips and drabs…..
A ceremony in December 2011 at the Sather Air Base in Baghdad on the withdrawal of American forces. A bid to keep about 5,000 American troops in place failed.
By MICHAEL R. GORDON
Published: September 22, 2012
The request was an unusual one, and President Obama himself made the confidential phone call to Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president.
Failed Efforts and Challenges of America’s Last Months in Iraq – NYTimes.com