President Obama Pulls Out

Saturday, October 22, 2011

President Obama announced on Friday that the last American soldier will redeploy out of Iraq by the end of this year, ending the controversial eight year war that began in 2003 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks with former President George W. Bush’s “shock and awe” campaign to rid the country of “weapons of mass destruction.”

No such weapons were ever found and by all probability, never existed in the first place.

The war cost the lives of more than 4,400 U.S. troops, injured more than 30,000 American soldiers and according to UN sources, killed more than 1 million Iraqis, many were civilians. The financial cost of the Iraq war is at least $800 billion.

As expected, some military top American military officials were dismayed by the decision as were a number of Republican lawmakers like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who seemed to think the war in Iraq should go on into perpetuity.

The president’s herculean decision to end the war this year came as a surprise to me, as Mr. Obama, more than any president in modern memory, seems the least suited to oppose the Hawks in the Republican party and in the military.

But with job approval numbers in the high 30’s and a general election in a year, ending the enormously unpopular and costly war makes good political sense.

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9 Responses to President Obama Pulls Out

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    I’m surprised Obama had the balls to make this decision. Like you say, he’s a lightweight and buckles when face-to-face with a man in a military uniform. He must really want to be reelected president.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    Obama gets no credit on this. Withdrawing the troops was Plan B. Plan A entailed leaving as many as 10,000 behind but the newly elected Iraqi government refused to grant US soldiers immunity from prosecution for war crimes so Obama said no.

  3. Excellent point, Brigadoon, as usual.

  4. R.J. says:

    Obama promised to do this and I’m glad he didn’t cave in to the NeoCons this time. Hopefully this will help the economy in 2012.

  5. stradella says:

    If Obama closes GITMO and redeploys the troops from Afghanistan, I might — might put him on my short list of presidential possibilities.

    But the sad truth is, I just don’t feel it anymore. Brother Obama is a lost lamb, and his psychological need for approval from white, country club Republicans just keeps me out.

    If Obama wants my support next year, he has work to do.

  6. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Too bad Obama’s father didn’t pull out!

  7. Tiny Dancer says:

    Only the Rethugs oppose Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. That says it all.

  8. Scott Dancer says:

    The Iraqi people have begged the American occupiers to depart for years. Yet we’ve remained against their will.

    Iraq belongs to Iraq — not to the Pentagon or the Bush administration or the Obama administration.

    Our departure is significant and how the Iraqis go forward is up to them. But Iraq is not our problem and the decision to leave is the correct one.

  9. luanemic says:

    Pulling the troops out by December of 2011 was part of the original contract that George W. Bush signed in 2008 with Iraq. Obama was just following the terms of the bilateral agreement. He didn’t just decide to do it.

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