1. "Iraq will need U.S. military support for as much as a decade to defend its borders because the Iraqi army won't be ready to guard the country when American troops leave at the end of 2011, according to U.S. and Iraqi commanders." (Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2010, Pg. 1, by Liz Sly)
2. "President Obama is satisfied that the United States can finish its combat role in Iraq safely at the end of this month and meet the deadline for removing all U.S. troops from the country by the end of 2011, White House officials said Wednesday." (USA Today, August 12, 2010, Pg. 5, by the Associated Press...(sorry, story seems not to be available on-line)
I'm more than a little confused, and I have 3 college degrees.