published Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

U.S. troops and Iraq's future

The United States has announced that by the end of this month the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be drawn down to roughly 40,000.

That, obviously, is good news, since we have been involved in the Iraq War since 2003, at the cost of thousands of U.S. soldiers' lives.

The United States and its allies invaded Iraq based on bipartisan U.S. concern -- and concern around the world -- that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction. It had, after all, used WMD against its own people.

The fears of new Iraqi WMD were not borne out after the invasion, though it is good that the world got rid of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Still, the cost of the war has been high to the United States, even if terrorist attacks in Iraq dropped markedly after the surge in U.S. troops.

And there are fears of what may happen as U.S. forces continue to pull out of Iraq throughout this year. Based on those concerns, there are discussions of leaving several thousand American troops in Iraq to deal with whatever threats may arise.

Circumstances in Iraq aren't anything close to ideal. But we hope the Iraqi people will take the initiative and seize their chance for the freedom and representative government that were denied them for so long.

That will require great fortitude -- and no doubt further loss of innocent life -- because terrorists in Iraq want to seize control. But surrender to terrorists would exact an even higher price.

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nucanuck said...

After going into Iraq based on an intentional lie, we managed to devastate an ancient culture, change the balance of power in favor of the Iranian leaning Shia population, and drain the US Treasury along with America's reputation.

Iraq is how you spell huge-US-mistake.

September 22, 2011 at 12:35 a.m.
conservative said...

The Demoncrats overwhelmingly voted to go to war. Bill and Hellary Clinton, Al Gore, and Demoncrat leaders denounced Hussein for his weapons of mass destruction. As you have noted, there is no question Hussein once possessed weapons of mass destruction. They quickly turned however and made every effort to undermine our military endeavors. They had the gall to claim Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction even while Fox news was running film clips of them denouncing Hussein for having them. Oblamer and the Demoncrats had full control of Congress, could have defunded the war and brought the troops home. Instead the gutless wonders chose to weaken our forces which will only result in more American lives lost.

September 22, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
Livn4life said...

"discussions of leaving several thousands of troops in Iraq..." this is ludicrous. We currently have such rules of engagement that get our troops killed while the people we are allegedly fighting do not engage in any rules, rhyme, or reason in how they operate. Nope, if we get out, let's get all out. Then the political bickering over here which keeps soldiers in harm's way there will switch to some other level and we will stop spending money on a black hole. By the way, did not a certain former Presidential candidate, now elected two years, make some bold promises about quick exit strategy from the middle east? Oh I guess we forget when our economy tanks and he continues to do actions which do not help there. It's time to follow through on the withdrawal Mr. President or are you too busy already campaigning for re-election?

September 22, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Congress voted to go to war in Iqaq based on fabricated information from the Bush administration. It was an illegal war that has damaged America deeply. We lost our moral credibility, behaved like a rogue nation, and the whole world knows it except for a few neo-con holdouts in the dark crevices and back waters of our country.

September 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

nucanuck, they know all this. Dems voted for it because of lies. It doesn't matter to them. They don't hear the truth because it means Bush is a murderer of US service men and women. They don't acknowledge the truth because it means their own blood lust stems simply from them wanting to kill brown people for their 9/11 revenge fantasies and cheaper gas.

September 22, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
holdout said...

Iraq was the worst mistake this county has made in my 50 year lifetime. You can blame President Bush and you can blame both parties in congress. It was wrong and everything about it was wrong and everyone in DC should be hanging their heads and too deep in shame to try to shift blame to anyone. It cost a lot of lives, money, resources, and the support of the international community. It cost lives in Afghanistan as well because troops and resources that should have been used there were diverted. I blame the Republicans and I blame the Democrats. If you think either party was duped or was innocent you are deluding yourself. Defending either group is like begging a bully for another wedgie.

September 22, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Not to change the subject but how about bringing our troops home from Germany and South Korea.... Both of these countries are wealthy and well able to defend their own interest against any potential aggressors? Why do they need tens-of-thousands of our troops? Does anyone else feel that our 60 plus years of maintaining these military bases abroad are still paying us dividends? After WW2 and the Korean conflict our presence was needed, but really, still?

September 22, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
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