By John T. Bennett - 11/21/11 06:02 PM EST
All U.S. forces will be out of the Middle Eastern nation by Dec. 31, a deadline set by the George W. Bush administration. The Obama administration and Iraqi officials had been negotiating extending that deadline but failed to reach a deal in time.
Calling the withdrawal plan “flexible,” Spoehr said all American troops could be out of Iraq weeks before the Dec. 31 target.
President Obama has several times trumpeted the fact that all U.S. forces that were in Iraq as of early fall will be home for the holiday season.