Iraq War Will End This Year, According to Pres. Obama
Matt | On 21, Oct 2011
Floating on a foreign policy high like none other, President Obama dropped a major bombshell on Friday afternoon. The Iraq war as we know it will end completely by the close of this year.
The president spoke from the White House Briefing Room to eager reporters. He communicated in a clear, assertive voice giving some well-deserved good news to the 39,000 troops left in Iraq. His announcement arrives on the heels of the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi just 24 hours earlier.
“As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” the president said.
With those words, the war that started on March 19, 2003 by then-President George W. Bush came to a somewhat quiet close.
It has been a long struggle to close this seemingly unnecessary chapter in American history after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Smaller operations began shortly thereafter in Afghanistan, but we took our eye off the ball to focus on a fake threat in Iraq.
The call for war was so strong at the time that America was led into battle under the false pretenses of finding Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction.” Once in Iraq, turning back was not an option as we had bombed, killed, and forced our way through the country that had practically fallen into a civil war. In total, over 4,400 Americans have lost their lives in Iraqi conflict.
The U.S., however, is still not finished yet in the Middle East. We have 100,000 troops left in Afghanistan who aren’t scheduled to be completely out of that country until the end of 2014.
For now, let’s get ready to welcome home our brave servicemen and women over the next two months. They deserve our praise and respect! ::raises glass::