First, I hope that this promise is held up. Secondly, I want Afghanistan too. Third, the GOP’ers who are criticizing this are showing that they are either moral monsters, or have no clue as to why a rush like this is better than a long, drawn out process.
President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year’s end.
“Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home,” Obama said.
“The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops,” Obama said. “That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.” (here)
It didn’t take long for Mitt Romney to come out and accuse the President of something. It was the lack of an orderly withdrawal.
“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women,” Romney said in a statement. “The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government.”
Let’s remember that this timetable was set by by George W. Bush, and one which the Iraqi government supports. Further, by doing it this quickly, the President actually prevents a long drawn out attack on forces which would no doubt keep us there longer.
I have never supported the Iraqi War, and I am glad that our troops are finally coming home. I do hope and pray that their departure is a safe and secure one, and that these proud men and women are home by Christmas.
Looks like the Military-Industrial complex will have to find another place to use their tools.