Many argue that US is keeping IRAQ from blowing themselves up and pushing them towards democracy faster. However, this argument is flawed. Who said that the US democracy is ideal for other nations. It may work for us, but it may not be completely what others can adapt to. Also, every nation will have bad history. The point is, leave Iraq alone and let them develop and think for themselves. If they need help, US and other countries can always provide economic supplies or military training, but not necessarily our men physically fighting for them.
We are over there fighting a politician's war. Our soldiers are being blown up because our politicians are greedy. This war isn't about terrorism or Iraqi freedom its about oil. If it were about terrorism we would increase the number or police officers and homeland security agents and officers. If terrorism was the reason of war why wouldn't we just send our special forces into these countries to kill these suspected terrorists. Bombs bombs and more bombs. Increase our homeland security not our military's presence across seas.
Every soldier sent to war in Afghanistan costs $694,000 dollars per year. Pulling out of Afghanistan wouldn’t save us a total of $107 billion, but 167 billion, which is almost one sixth of our national debt. An average of twenty-two veterans commit suicide a day. It is estimated there is less than fifty operatives of Al Qaeda left in Afghanistan, so who are we fighting? We continue to fight outside our country to save ourselves, yet we continue to be attacked anyway. We can't protect ourselves with all our troops to protect us across the globe! Though there were bomb sweeps ahead of time, the Boston Marathon was bombed. The mysterious fertilizer plant explosion happened just weeks ago. Three letters containing ricin were intercepted; they had been addressed to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi judge. Ricin is a toxic plant with powder that even a few grains of table salt worth could kill a human. There always will be threat, but we can't always save ourselves, or even fight alone.
Our soldiers should be brought home for the reason of we have been there for so long and too many of our soldiers are dying. We are only focused on helping Iraq. We have fought hard and we deserve to have our soldiers home. The families of those deceased have suffered and there are still so many families out there wondering will my husband, wife, son, daughter, brother or sister return home safe and sound. I'm sure they do not want their family member returning home in a coffin.
Troops are dying daily. We need to stop this ruthlessness before it gets worse. In the most recent debate, I asked the other candidates how many troops they would leave in Iraq and for what purposes. I got no answers. The American people need answers. If we elect a president who thinks that troops should stay in Iraq for years, they will stay for years -- a tragic mistake.
Clinton, Obama and Edwards reflect the inside-the-Beltway thinking that a complete withdrawal of all American forces somehow would be "irresponsible." On the contrary, the facts suggest that a rapid, complete withdrawal -- not a drawn-out, Vietnam-like process -- would be the most responsible and effective course of action.
We need to pull our troops out of Iraq right away, our troops are being killed in a war that isnt even remotely close to the United States. We need to pull out and let Iraq fend for themselves, just like most foriegn countries treat Americans. Stop wasting our mens lives on 'wars' that don't affect Americans.
yes before anymore of our men are slaughtered. Put Obama in there place he loves the muslims. Surely he can bring peace over there he believes in Arab Spring and democracy remember oh dont forget Hillary if they are both over there and can both bring in PEACE. Maybe they will not be tempted to take out anymore Leaders since they have allready unleashed the devil.
Yes, we need to withdraw our troops. Let the dust settle where it may, and let people fight their own battles. And, please, let America start looking towards renewable energy, rather than going places where there is oil. It is time to combat terrorism with more covert operations, and stop occupying the Middle East.
Troops should be withdrawn immediately, because the military is ill-equipped to complete nation-building activities in the country. The military's purpose is to fight in conflicts. According to the rhetoric of our politicians and military leaders, the conflict in Iraq has largely ended, but the process of rebuilding is not complete. Therefore, a corps of non-military workers would be ideal to bring food, clean water, political support, and other needed items to the Iraqi people.
We've been there too long. Though we have a minimal troop presence there, it's time the Iraqis take care of themselves. With too much money being spent on military expenditures, two other conflicts going on, and budget problems, this is a sensible and easy way to take out three problems in the U.S. at once.
WE should never have gone anywhere near the middle east in the first place.
Troops in Iraq have been on little more than standby mode, waiting for something to happen. They are not actively achieving any US goals and are costing taxpayers a lot of money to do nothing. Oil prices from the middle east have not improved nor have the terrorists been wiped out. US Troops should not be used for long-term guard duty of a foreign country.
I believe that there's no longer a benefit for us by being in Iraq. Now we are doing what we can to help their society. We need to think about our own society. Our troops who have done their best, and deserve to only be used when needed, which they are not right now. The war is not solving anything any longer. Nor is it providing any benefit to us.
There is no need for US troops to remain in Iraq any longer. We have handed over the cities to them, and our presence is no longer wanted or needed. It seems like the only time we're wanted there is if conditions worsen and violence escalates. We have lost far too many young men and women there, and it is time for them to come home.
Saddam Hussein has been gone a long time, and we found out that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so it's time that the U.S. military gets out of their country. It seems that the U.S. government doesn't want to pull out of Iraq because that would be like admitting defeat. It is unclear what we are fighting for over there at this point. The Iraqis have the right to set up their own government, and it is not our responsibility to get involved in the infighting between factions there. If our government sets an indefinite timeline and says that we will get out "when conditions permit", the war will drag on forever.
These troops were thrown into an illegal war and we need to bring them home as soon as possible. Iraq has calmed down and it is imperative that the troops are brought home as soon as possible. If we do not bring home the troops, then what troops are guarding our country, if they are all in Iraq? Iraq has largely been a disaster and we need pull out as soon as possible because losing American lives are not worth it.
The war in Iraq is hugely profitable to private companies who are awarded contracts with no competition. The fact that the war is being conducted for profit makes it an immoral war and therefore I support the immediate withdrawal of troops and immediate end to the United States involvement in Iraq.
Troops should be removed from Iraq immediately. There have been so many people killed in Iraq because of this war. I do not believe that it is solving anything. Also if the war does not stop soon they will have to bring back the draft. There are not enough willing people to go over to Iraq. It seems to be a waste of money also.
It has long been known that are reasons for entering Iraq were false and unjustified. In fact a soldier in Oregon was brought to trial for refusing to deploy and won the trial. Leaving Iraq would cause chaos and instability. However, the longer we stay there the more we encourage terrorist groups to want to harm us.
If we left Iraq, Southern Iraq would erupt in a Civil War between Shiite groups. A majority of the Shiites would drive Sunnis out of ethnically mixed areas west to Anbar province. Also, the Kurdish north would solidify its borders and invite a U.S. Troop presence there. It would get ugly.
The Iraqi government may be up to speed but that doesn't mean that they are ready to defend themselves. They still require coalition troops to help train their police force and their army . . Maybe within the next few years, but not when they are still in a sort of civil war.
If we leave now, we will make it merely look like a retreat. The soldiers that have already died will not appreciate a retreat after their sacrifices. We must keep on fighting and make all of the dead or wounded soldiers proud. We must honour their deaths and appreciate their sacrifices. REMEMBER THE DEAD!
If the American withdrawal from Iraq is done poorly or hastily, it could cause severe complications for Iraq. If the Iraqi government fails, then the American expenditure of blood and treasure was in vain.
Although this war is dragging on longer then expected and is costing a lot of money, once a job like this is started, it is important to see it to completion. Withdrawing at this point in time would only show the world that the U.S. is weak. This will give our enemies motivation to become stronger. In turn, if we would ever need to return, it would end up costing us more than it would be to follow it through at this point in time.
It is really too late to withdraw troops from Iraq. The investment the United States has made in the country is now too large to just "quit" Iraq. Besides, the country is not nearly stable enough to leave completely right now--perhaps in a few more years when the Iraqi Army is able to handle it as a well-trained unit. Keep in mind that the U.S. to this day still has troops and bases in places we've been at war with--Germany, Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea, just to name a few. I would venture a guess that Iraq will more than likely become a duty station for staging for other military operations in the area.
When the US withdrew troops out of Iraq during the gulf war, many citizens were sitting ducks for those that were only too eager to abuse their power and get back to "work" and be in power again.
The United States invasion of Iraq essentially created the current conditions of violence and turmoil. While the reasons for the initial invasion were unreasonable and, in fact, downright fraudulent, they are irrelevant to the current situation. Having brought about the current situation, it is the moral duty of the United States to continue to support and assist the Iraqi people until such time as they are able to maintain stability on their own.
There is no denying that the security conditions in Iraq have improved greatly since the height of violence a few years ago. However, it is important that U.S. troops remain and give the Iraqi security forces further time to build strength until the scheduled withdrawal in 2011. An immediate withdrawal would serve no purpose when there is already a clear plan to leave in place.
I think troops should be pulled as soon as possible. I think the previous administration should not have gone in at all and should have taken more steps for an early withdrawal, but we have to work with the situation as it is, not how it should be. Removing troops too early would leave things unstable and might require us to go back, just like after the first Gulf War.
Troops should not be withdrawn from Iraq prematurely before the country is stable on government, religious and economic fronts. To withdraw troops too soon would result in an immediate influx of terrorists from the region, and would result in Iraq becoming a home base for terrorism training world wide. It also sends a poor message to our military who have given of their efforts and in some cases, their lives to prevent a threat to our peace.
We should stay in Iraq at least until societal infrastructure is restored to a point that can be finished and maintained. Government has to be rock-solid stable to prevent a repeat of another dictatorship taking over, or worse! The United States still has a strong presence in Korea, and we "left" there in the fifties.