published Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We may not have seen the last of the Iraq War

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    U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division board a C-17 aircraft at Baghdad International Airport as they begin their journey to the United States. 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Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Is the Iraq War truly over?

It was nearly nine years ago that the United States and its allies invaded Iraq and deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, who was believed by Democrats and Republicans alike to have weapons of mass destruction.

But although Saddam had used such weapons on his own people, WMD were not found during the invasion.

History will have to decide the wisdom of the Iraq War. Although WMD weren't found, Saddam was removed from power. And through enormous struggle -- and the loss of thousands of brave U.S. soldiers -- Iraqis today have developed democratic processes, albeit imperfectly.

Still, there is joy mixed with anxiety about President Barack Obama's declaration that virtually all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year -- three years into his administration.

It is joyful to think of the remaining U.S. troops -- about 40,000 -- being home in time for Christmas.

But the administration failed in its attempt to leave a few thousand troops in Iraq to train security forces. Iraq rejected that extension. So we are departing, but with no certainty that Iraq can make it on its own.

It should be everyone's earnest hope that liberties now enjoyed by the Iraqi people will grow, and that terrorist attacks will decrease. But we know that neighboring Iran, a terrorism-sponsoring nation, is already exerting a lot of influence over segments of the Iraqi population.

We hope that U.S. forces do not rapidly have to return to Iraq if Iraq's neighbors or its internal divisions make things worse in that already unstable region.

For now it is perfectly appropriate to give thanks that American troops will be coming home. But is the Iraq War truly over? That remains to be seen.

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EaTn said...

You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to know at the time that the propaganda about WMD's in Iraq was a fabrication by the administration to justify invading the country. True, enough dems voted for it as well, with most fearing their political future more than what was best for the country. That's why you can't trust any politician when the rubber meets the road.

October 25, 2011 at 7:49 a.m.
conservative said...

Obamination is desperate, his sky is falling as in reelection polling. Being such a narcissist he seeks to placate the left at the expense of national interest.

October 25, 2011 at 8:44 a.m.
holdout said...

Debating whether WMD's were at the bottom of our invasion of Iraq or not misses the point. Even if they were there so what? Still not a reason to invade. It was a mistake and no argument from either side about why it was necessary or why they supported it is valid. The republicans and democrats both need to stop making excuses and admit that they attacked a country that should not have been attacked.

October 25, 2011 at 9:19 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Spot on, holdout!

October 25, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
carlB said...

conservative, you appear to be looking at a one sided view of wanting to continue with the conditions that were present when Obama was elected.
I personaly appreciate the policies of this administration in acting to kept this Republic out of another great depression when conservative and his friends have done everything to cause the failure of Obama's policies. Thereby causing this country's falling into another depression. I would say that most of the voters do not want to live through a long great depression, waiting on the private enterprise systems to save this Republic without the help of our Government agencies. It would drive the opponents of Obama crazy if what he is doing to save the Republic from the destroyer's, he is doing so without any personal gain but for the good of the country and the people.

October 25, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.
acerigger said...

Pull out the military,send in the mercenaries! How many U.S.troops will be left sitting just across the line in Kuwait? Sorry to bust your bubble,but we're a long ways from being "out of Iraq"!

October 25, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
shifarobe said...

Will OBUMBLE take credit for the sodomizing of Ghadaffi's corpse by the rebels??????????? When the women are raped and sharia is enacted in Lybia, will OBUMBLE speak out???????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. OBUMBLE IS A COWARD AND AN OPPORTUNIST. BEATING HIS CHEST LIKE KING KONG AFTER GHADAFFI IS KILLED. BIG WHOOOOOOOOP.

October 25, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
ceeweed said...

shifarobe, I can just see your jugular about to pop! I can't believe you hate Obama so much that you almost stroke out when he has a success on any front. Must have really pissed you off when our Navy Seals got Osama, oh yeah, I guess you give Bush and Chaney credit for that one. I could have been disparaging in my references to the previous administration. I could have used all caps but what's the point?

October 25, 2011 at 9:38 p.m.
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