...combat troops, defined by the military as those whose primary mission is to engage the enemy with lethal force, will have to be out of Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, the deadline under a recently approved status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq.
The long answers open up some complicated, sleight-of-hand responses to military and political problems facing President-elect Barack Obama.
Even though the agreement with the Iraqi government calls for all American combat troops to be out of the cities by the end of June, military planners are now quietly acknowledging that many will stay behind as renamed “trainers” and “advisers” in what are effectively combat roles. In other words, they will still be engaged in combat, just called something else...
Obama might end the War by renaming it a Police Action, but that's too Cold War Retro. He might call it Humanitarian Aid, or maybe even rename the Marines the Peace Corps. They're equiped with guns, and depleted uranium munitions, but to educate the Iraqia and Afghanis.