War In Iraq Over, US Troops Withdrawal End of Year. Nine years US troops in Iraq, now Barack Obama has initiated the withdrawal of all remaining soldiers. He celebrates as President of the peace. May be the departure of the Americans comes but too early for the highly unstable country.
The Senator from South Chicago City brought it to the point: “I am not against any war. I am against the stupid war!” That was in the autumn of 2002, during a demonstration against the Iraq campaign. At that time, whose planning pushed President George W. Bush.
Nine years later is the Senator from the State of Illinois, the successor of war President Bush at the White House. And nine years later, on this Friday afternoon in Washington, Barack Obama explains the stupid war in Iraq end. Until the end of the year, the U.S. would completely leave the country. Thus he had, so Obama says his promise out of the campaign.
That’s right. However, the withdrawal of the troops was clear long by the end of 2011, even Bush had agreed that in his last year with the Iraqis. New is the fact that it will be a complete withdrawal. Actually the Americans wanted to let several thousand military personnel in the country, to further train the Iraqi troops; to explain them with the new, modern weapons. This was also the wish of the Iraqi Government. Up to 10,000 still approximately 40,000 U.S. troops should remain on the ground.
Foreign policy strength or weakness of leadership?
The problem: Obama’s condition for the retention of troops was the protection of US soldiers from prosecution in the Iraq – a protection, similar to how diplomats enjoy him. “We hope that we will eventually find an agreement,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said on Monday. But the Iraqi leadership rejected. According to the Washington Post now only around 150 soldiers in the country should stay. These are used as a protection force for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where several thousand diplomats and other civilian employees work. You will see how we could help the Iraq, “to train its forces and to provide“, says Obama, and can be a back door to open. These are support, as you always offer them other allies.
Now there are two variants to the end of the war proclaimed by Obama: either as a sign of foreign policy strength a President who redeem his promises. Or as evidence of lack of leadership and negotiating skills, as a threat to the stability of an entire region.
Variant one is of course represented by Barack Obama itself. The President ordered a Iraq deduction in the number of his successes in 2011: from the death of the top terrorist Osama, about US initiated withdrawal from Afghanistan bin Laden until the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. “The end of the war in Iraq reflects a larger transition“, says Obama: “The tide of the war is back.” Precisely this formulation he had already used, when he presented his disengagement plan for Afghanistan in June: 10,000 returning soldiers by the end of 2011; by summer 2012 the next 23,000; the last just under 70,000 should then return largely by 2014.
“When I came into office, there were 180,000 soldiers in these two wars.” End of this year the number will have halved. “And they will fall further,” the President says. The failed negotiations on the fate of the forces in the Iraq? He mentioned a Word this Friday. No, the message to the pre-war tired America should be different. An Embassy Siege: Obama the Nobel Peace Prize winner will bring home the troops, terminated the exhausting wars from the Bush years.
Maybe that will help even in the presidential campaign, but so far dominated to the chagrin of Obama’s not foreign but on economic policy. Am meant only a brief rise in the rates of approval for Obama, which now again weakened Laden’s death.
Interpretation variant two is recited by Obama’s opponents. Michele Bachmann, Republican presidential accounting and icon of the radical tea party movement, said: the President have thus failed to conclude an agreement to maintain peace with the Iraq. Obama’s foreign policy leadership had arrived at a low point: “Every time, when the United States liberated people from dictatorial rule, they have kept troops in the country, to protect the growing, fragile democracies.” But now, would the United States soon have fewer soldiers in the Iraq as in Honduras, blaspheming Bachmann.
Senator John McCain, Republican presidential candidate of 2008, is also hard with Obama in the Court: “The day is a harmful and tragic setback for the United States.” The decision of the President will specifically as strategic victory our enemies be seen, the Iranian regime. The Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also stated that it had a different opinion as Obama: “I hope I’m wrong and the President is correct, but I am afraid that his decision is something lost“