Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal

Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year’s end.

Obama’s statement put an end to months of wrangling over whether the U.S. would maintain a force in Iraq beyond 2011. He never mentioned the tense and ultimately fruitless negotiations with Iraq over whether to keep several thousand U.S. forces in Iraq as a training force and a hedge against meddling from Iran or other outside forces.

Instead, Obama spoke of a promise kept, a new day for a self-reliant Iraq and a focus on building up the economy at home.

“I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year,” Obama said. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.”

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Maybe it’s because I hate Barack Hussein Obama and everything he stands for. Maybe it’s because I don’t believe that he will ever do anything that is good for America just because it’s good for America. Maybe it’s because I believe that this withdrawal is not about what’s good for America and I simply believe it’s all about Obama and his pathetic poll numbers.

Whatever the reason, Barack Hussein Obama receives NO vote of confidence from me over this announcement today.

Iraq was a place that we had NO business sending our troops into. Iraq has been the most incredible boondoggle in modern American history and has cost untold numbers of lives on OUR side of the equation. We know that as it stands, more than 4,400 American military members have been killed since we went to Iraq, and we’re not OUT yet.

We also know that many thousands have been physically wounded and maimed, and it is a fact that many of these individuals will die from related matters as time passes. We also know that there are many of our troops that have been wounded in ways that can’t be seen or assessed, not until they snap and the wiring inside their heads shorts out.

We know that the American economy has been all but bankrupted because of our actions in Iraq, and I have to ask; what have we actually accomplished? We will NEVER regain the lost American dollars spent in Iraq, we will never see a true democracy in Iraq, and I will say this, in all honesty, as soon as we are out of Iraq, that nation will explode in the most savage Civil War imaginable. It is, in my estimation, inevitable.

Obama, an opponent of the war from the start, took office and accelerated the end of the conflict. In August 2010, he declared the U.S. combat mission over.

“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.”

Make no mistake about it, I want to see each and every one of our troops OUT of Iraq. I simply don’t care what happens to Iraq or the Iraqi people after we leave either. They have been engaged in a secular struggle for centuries and there is nothing that we can do to change Iraq, or any other Islamic nation.

You don’t believe that? Think *The Crusades*, read the next passage, see what has been accomplished over the centuries and get back to me…I’ll wait…

The Crusades were a series of religious wars, blessed by the Pope and the Catholic Church with the main goal of restoring Christian control of Jerusalem. The Crusades were originally launched in response to a call from the leaders of the Byzantine Empire for help to fight Muslim Seljuk Turks expansion into Anatolia. The crusaders came from all over western Europe. The main series of Crusades occurred between 1095 and 1291; historians have given them numbers, later unnumbered crusades were also taken up for a variety of reasons. The Crusades were fought by Roman Catholics primarily against Muslims. After some early successes, the later crusades failed and the crusaders were defeated and forced to return home.

Several hundred thousand soldiers became Crusaders by taking vows; the Pope granted them plenary indulgence. The emblem was the cross–“crusade” is derived from the French term for taking up the cross. Many were from France and called themselves “Franks,” which became the common term used by Muslims. The Crusades, were originally launched in response to a call from the leaders of the Byzantine Empire for help to fight Muslim Seljuk Turks expansion into Anatolia. The battle cry to win back Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim invaders, came later to stimulate the fervor of the Christian people who had little interest in helping the Byzantine Empire.

The term “crusade” is also used to describe religiously motivated campaigns conducted between 1100 and 1600 in territories outside the Levant usually against pagans, heretics, and peoples under the ban of excommunication for a mixture of religious, economic, and political reasons. Rivalries among both Christian and Muslim powers led also to alliances between religious factions against their opponents, such as the Christian alliance with the Sultanate of Rûm during the Fifth Crusade.

The Crusades had some temporary successes, but the Crusaders were eventually forced out of the Holy Land. Nevertheless the Crusades had major far-reaching political, economic, and social impacts on Europe. Because of internal conflicts among Christian kingdoms and political powers, some of the crusade expeditions were diverted from their original aim, such as the Fourth Crusade, which resulted in the sack of Christian Constantinople and the partition of the Byzantine Empire between Venice and the Crusaders. SOURCE

Iraq was nothing more than a modern day version of The Crusades and carried out mostly because George W. Bush was pissed off at Saddam Hussein, and as in history long past, it was over nothing more than Christian against Muslim against various Muslim sects and ALL Muslims against ALL Christians and Jews.

At the risk of offending, I have to make note, The Crusades were done to retake the Holy Lands, I presume that to be modern day Israel. I am fairly certain someone will correct me if I’m wrong, or write a post about what an anti-Semite I am, or something… :twisted:

In any case, not to denigrate the Israelis, but what have they done in this War on Terror and in the fight against the Muslims that have vowed to destroy them?

Don’t get me wrong in ANY of this, I am NOT anti-war, but if we’re going to war, then By GOD go to WAR. Don’t make some long, drawn out political game of it. Get in, get it done and get back home.

Maybe it’s time the Israelis got an attitude and started kicking ass and taking names, as opposed to just guarding their ever shrinking borders. Just sayin’, maybe they need to become fully engaged in this fight that is, basically, about their survival…

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6 Responses to Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal

  1. minuteman26 says:

    The reason our troops are leaving Iraq is because the government of that dear country was going to hold our folks legally responsible for any military action not to their liking after 1 Jan 2012. Am sure the Chiefs told Obama if that was the case to bring everyone home cause that would not be tolerated. Yet can bet Obama did not make that decision without pressure from the Pentagon.

    • TexasFred says:

      I am going to share this with you, it comes from a confidential source, one that WILL remain confidential, but I just received it via email…

      Fred, with the withdraw from Iraq, watch for “events” that will lead for us to go into Iran. One of my close friends is SF Civil Affairs with a HQ Co. He just got emergency orders for “training” and he said he might make it back before deployment. Depends on how quickly things develop.

      Debka has a good write up on a “exercise” in the Middle East. I involves 41 C-5 AMPS. 41 birds would hold 3200 troops on upper decks & 11M lbs of cargo.

      Makes you go “hmmmmm”

      3,200 troops is a BCT, Brigade Combat Team… Not enough to go to war in Iran, but a damned good start to something somewhere, maybe it IS just an exercise, who knows… And IF I did know, I wouldn’t say…

  2. Katie says:

    Once again our President has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

    I do hope that Iraq descends into Hell.

  3. Nature abhors a vacuum, particularly in the Middle East. Perfect time for Iran to Step Up their game beyond trying to scorch Saudi people on US soil. And, of course, they will.

    We either go into any nation with the will to kill people and blow shit up, or we stay the hell out.

    BZ

  4. Bill says:

    Iraq isn’t stable, ‘probly never will be. Nuri al-maliki will side with the sunni majority while allowing a faction of the shiites to control enforcement. Thank God our kids will be out of there, but the coptic christians are toast.

    The powers that be are letting mr. obama feather his 2012 nest with a slew of foreign
    policy ‘victories’. First the seals kill someone supposed to be bin laden; then we ‘drone’
    al-awaki and his on-line magazine buddy after after years of having them in our ‘sights’ on american soil. We force the Egyptian military to oust Mubarak and by all accounts the Muslim Brotherhood now holds sway in that rosy Jeffersonian
    democracy. By the way; Egypt’s christians are also ‘toast’, do we see a pattern here?

    And Libya was a three for one. We got the ‘feel-good’ factor of seeing al-Qaddafi’s
    bloody corpse ( this one i believe ); but i wouldn’t trust the pro-NATO sentiment to last longer than a few weeks. The ‘transitional task force’ will bend to the sunnis; (95% ) of libya’s population and guess what? The ‘muslim brotherhood’ is Sunni.
    The third part of this power-play is the fact that 20k shoulder fired surface to air
    heat-seeking missles have disappeared. Even Senator ( appropriations and intelligence) Dianne Feinstein admitted to the msm: “We don’t know where they are,
    but we’ve offered a reward for their return.” Really? Now i can sleep well…

    In my opinion Texas, the powers that be are letting mr. obama aquire the foreign
    policy ‘street creds’ he’ll need when push comes to shove and a jet-liner or two is
    ‘downed’ with one of those ‘surface to airs’. If there is another ‘Lockerbie’ in the near future; and blame can be pointed at Iran ( which is a shiite nation ), the sunnis and
    the muslim brotherhood will prevail in the middle-east by default. Not to mention
    another four years of mr. obama’s regime foisted upon our nation through the idiocy of popular concensus in 2012.

    i think Iraq and Afghanistan were just ‘placeholders’ to buy the time to arrange a ‘perfect storm’ in the middle-east. I believe our top ranking military understand this and their demand was that we get the troops out soon. Look for an accelerated
    draw-down of our presence in Afghanistan to be announced in the next six months.

    Ever play the game ‘Risk’ when you were a kid?…b

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