National sovereignty is an old concept, but the U.S. does not have the authority to march into other countries, re-arrange everything, and then insist upon staying. It's not just wrong, it's impolite. Other countries have their way of living and governing, and what is right for the Western democracies may not be the ideal for the Middle East. The U.S. has always had a bigger nose than it needs when it comes to other countries' business.
By being in Iraq without their consent, the USA falls into the category of attacker, instead of helper. If Iraq does not want or need help from the USA, why sacrifice so many lives and money to save them? I also believe that, after you teach them how to care for themselves, they should be given a chance to try it on their own.
The United States government made an agreement to withdraw troops at the time that the Iraqi government could handle their own security. Since the initial excuse for invading the country, weapons of mass destruction, has been proven to be false, it is imperative that the American government hold up their end of the agreement about troop withdrawal. Beyond the US relationship with Iraq, the United States needs to show the rest of the world that they stand by their international agreements.
If the Iraqi government wants to kick U.S. troops out, I say they should leave. This decision was hard, because it's not our government or country, so we should obey the laws. But, if the U.S. troops are there for a reason, and it's a good one, then I believe they should stay. But, my vote still goes more towards "yes".
After all of the money, loss of American lives and the amount of time our country has spent in Iraq, our President should certainly work with the Iraqi government to decide when the time is right for our troops to come home. If the job we went there to do is not finished, it is not right for us to leave until it is. Too many of our fine young Americans have given so much that we need to honor them by completing the job.
The President of the United States should have no influence at all in what another government decides about the presence of foreign troops on their soil. It is Iraq, not the United States, and they should be the decision makers not the President of the United States. Hasn't the United States learned anything? Violence is not the answer to problems, not anywhere in the world. It only aggravates things and that's what the Iraq government is trying to say.
Every country has the right to decide its country's matters. The Iraqi government best knows the conditions in their country and so are the best judge. The U.S. troops are there to help Iraq to attain normalcy not to completely take over the country. The helper should not try to become the ruler. Hence, the President should let the Iraqi government decide when U.S. troops should leave.
The designated time for our troops to leave should be completely decided by the Iraqi government. If they feel they still need our help in stabilizing their government, then we need to stay and fulfill that commitment since it was the publicly stated reason for going to war in the first place. On the other hand, if they feel that can handle things on their own from here on out then we are obligated to let them do that because it is the nation of Iraq, not the United States of Iraq-America.
Let Iraq do what it will. Get our troops home safe, and let it not be our problem anymore. I don't think the Iraqi government should have any say in it. Let them figure out their own problems, in their own manner, and their own wars. We can find new and renewable energies, if that is the reason we are there. Let them figure out their own problems on their own. We have done enough.
I believe any policy decisions about American forces and their deployment or return from foreign countries should only be made by the U.S. government to avoid giving in to outside pressure or misrepresentation of facts and reality on the ground. The Iraqi government has every interest to make Americans do their work, which would involve having U.S. soldiers on the ground as long as possible. This would not be in the interest of the American people, let alone the military families.
Unfortunately the U.S.A. has gotten itself into a situation where we cannot leave Iraq yet. We are too invested in what is going on there, and in what has happened. To let the Iraqi government decide when we should leave could be catastrophic. That is why I feel we should stay until we have finished the horrible job we've embarked upon.
The Iraqi government is shaky at best, and may not accurately represent the people of Iraq. It is therefore likely that the government will use any means possible to strengthen its power base. To allow the government to decide when American troops should be recalled gives it a golden opportunity to use our troops as a means of strengthening its own political, economic, and military power bases. The democratic elections held in Iraq are not like those held in countries with a history of democracy, because of their inexperience with the democratic processes and partly a lack of clarity as to how democracy works. In more "experienced" democracies, a major periodic power shift from one party/group to another is expected. Iraqi inexperience with this concept leads them to attempt to retain power, once it is theirs. This tendency is further strengthened by the tribal nature of the region. Culturally and economically, tribalism has worked in the Middle East for centuries. It will be difficult for them to accept the necessity of abdicating that power. Their tendency is to retain their power, and using the decision on whether our troops should stay or go would be a powerful tool for the government.
That is, quite frankly, a ridiculous question. Of course the Iraqi government shouldn't decide when American troops leave. The current government of Iraq is far too corrupt for such a decision. Besides, you don't let the nation we're occupying decide when we leave. As far as I know, that's never happened in history, and I don't think it will or indeed should happen now.
President Obama is the individual who should make the determination as to when U.S. Troops should leave Iraq. The Iraqi government has had more than ample time to train their troops and should not dictate how long the services of the U.S. Military is desired. The U.S. Troops are under the ultimate leadership of the U.S. President and he should not relinquish his authority to determine when the proper time to exit Iraq is.
I believe that if the U.S. would pull out of Iraq to early that it would give terrorist the green light to take over, or even a rogue nation like Syria to take over. I think they need a more stable government structure.
The President should not allow Iraqi government officials dictate when the U.S. troops come or go. That government does not control our military. Now that being said if the Iraqi government voices that it wants us out and we do not leave, they have every right to make a decision if they want to fight us over that. Any decision to do anything with our troops should be made in the best interest of our country and troops not another country.
If the Iraqi President makes the decision of when our troops leave, they will want us there forever. As it is, it was made to sound like they were "allowing" us to stay until a certain date. We need those young men and women home on our soil. We have no need to be there now; we never did in the first place. The Iraqi government has taken advantage of us for far too long, we are making the sacrifices, and getting nothing in return.