Ron Elving apparently doesn't read The New York Times. The big thing about the speech today? I believe C.I. caught it at The Common Ills.
"We have removed our troops from Iraq." But they didn't all leave at the
end of 2011. And beginning in 2012, Barack sent a troop back in. At the end of September 2012, Tim Arango (New York Times) reported, "Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could
result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently
deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence."

That report was days before the October 2012 presidential debates started.
It's a shame NPR didn't note it on their programs or Ron Elving didn't include it in his debate analysis. But the article -- on Syria -- exists and in the middle of it that information pops up.
Caslen was at the speech today. He's out of Iraq now and in charge of West Point.
Maybe Ron Elving could get around to asking Caslen about that unit of Special-Ops deployed to Iraq in the fall of 2012?
If Elving can't do that, can he explain why NPR never covered Arango's rather important report?
I'll be reposting this at my own website since NPR's got a real problem -- as the ombudsperson has noted -- with deleting comments.