Originally Posted by A.Nonymous
... Still the point remains that he was criticizing the way Obama pulled the troops out and how fast he pulled the troops out. He was not saying Obama shouldn't have pulled the troops out at all. ...
Not withdrawing the troops would have violated the agreement which ended the U.S. involvement. Romney wanted to keep troops in Iraq in violation of the agreement. Romney may have couched it as just a disagreement on the timing of the withdrawal, but he didn't specify when they should have been withdrawn. The withdrawing of the troops effectively ended the U.S. participation in the war. When Romney stated this withdrawal was "tragic", he is effectively stating ending the U.S. involvement, i.e. end of the war, was tragic.
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were mandated to withdraw from Iraqi territory by 31 December 2011 under the terms of a bilateral agreement signed in 2008 by President Bush.