I am concerned about the potential effects of the complete withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq. The plan to withdraw the troops by the end of 2011 was the plan of President George W. Bush with a provision to negotiate for some U.S. presence beyond that time.
President Obama’s administration failed in negotiations with the Iraqi government, and since we cannot remain in the country without immunity for our troops, we must leave. Obama has seized upon that situation as an excuse to withdraw our troops.
Instead of saying negotiations failed, he is presenting the news of the troop withdrawal by the end of the year, announcing “they will be home for the holidays” as a victory and fulfillment of one of his campaign promises. It is, after all, an election year. I believe he is sacrificing Iraq and the Iraqi people in the interest of politics and his own agenda.
The announcement is presented as good news but in reality it is a cause for great concern. The absence of American troops in Iraq, I fear, will leave a vacuum to be filled quickly and eagerly by enemies of freedom and democracy.
In spite of what we hear from the mainstream media, American and coalition troops have accomplished much good in the country both in infrastructure and with the Iraqi people.
I hope after our troops are withdrawn, those accomplishments, and the sacrifice of nearly 4,300 American lives, over 32,000 American service members wounded, the financial cost of the war, and the sacrifices and courage of the Iraqi people themselves will not have been in vain.