I don't see much point in sending more soldiers to be injured or killed just to salvage the ego of the military. It's the same thing as pouring thousands of dollars into repeatedly fixing a clearly broken car instead of buying a new one for a few hundred. There's no shame in giving up if the alternative is pointless waste.
The men and women of the U.S. military have done all that could be asked and expected of them in Iraq. But, if we wait until conditions are absolutely serene and perfect before fully pulling out, it would take decades and would still probably never happen. How many would get wounded and killed in that time? How many need to lose limbs for perfection, when we've done all we can?
Working with the military on a constant basis, I have heard most of them voice their displeasure with the direction of the Iraqi war. It's not that they do not wish to fight for their country, but not understanding why we are fighting a war with no clear outcome discourages them.
I think that the US has been involved for a long time in Iraq. I understand that the nation does need help but it is time to let the country run by itself. The people need to show the world that they are capable of doing that. The troops need to come home now.
The soldiers of the U.S. military have already achieved the main objectives of the Iraq mission: neutralize Hussein and his program of weapons of mass destruction. Continuing to stay in the country, and expecting soldiers to rebuild a country, is a recipe for ongoing failure. This only serves to portray those who have died, and the veterans who survived, as failures.
It would definitely honor our soldiers to have an early homecoming from Iraq. They have been fighting a fight many think is completely pointless. We have lost too many of our soldiers in careless deaths, and years later not much has changed in Iraq. It would be a great honor to bring our troops home early.
An early withdrawal from Iraq would honor US soldiers by freeing them up to find and destroy Osama Bin Laden. If the US immediately moved the 96,000 troops from Iraq to the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan and then went on an offensive to hunt down and kill the terrorists morale in the Army would improve. It would also provide proof to the ranks that the US government can make good decisions after making mistakes.
An early withdrawal from Iraq would honor US soldiers. This would allow the soldiers who have put their lives on the line to be able to come back home and be safe. Putting them in constant danger in another country for a misinformed agenda does not honor these people. They are only doing what the government believes is right, and pulling them out would save their lives from the possible injuries or deaths that may continue to occur.
Yes it is up to the Iraqis, to ensure a future under a government that is "sovereign, stable and self. "We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein's regime and they got the job done.
There is no more reason for us to be in Iraq. Our job there is done. Our soldiers need to be reunited with their loved ones as soon as possible. An early withdraw wouldn't hurt our image it would show are strength. Too many innocent people are losing there lives for no reason and this needs to come to an end. War is no solution to any problem specially in tough times like right now.
This administration did not make enough of an effort to negotiate with Maliki. The presence of residual US troops was crucial in training Iraqis and to prevent Iran from having an even greater influence. The strides that were made in what was already a delicate new democracy has now been torn to shatters. It disgraces and dishonors the many sacrifices that were made just so this president could look like a hero to his liberal base. I am deeply ashamed of what we have become.
It would not be honoring to US soldiers if they were withdrawn early. If they were brought home early, it would be dishonoring to all the soldiers who have put their lives on the line for Iraq. It is also important to see if the work that the government has set out to do has happened; since it has not happened, the soldiers should not be withdrawn.
Early withdrawal would cause soldiers to feel as if they had failed in their objective of securing Iraq for democracy. This would also dishonor all of the men who died there, fighting. On the other hand, I feel that most soldiers would be glad to come home. So, it would not be the worst thing in the world.
The eventual American withdrawal from Iraq, whether immediate, early, or delayed, would in no manner bestow honor upon American troops. Honor is a quality earned by performing and acting in certain ways that a society or culture deems as holding up to, and validating, the ethos of that group. Honor is not granted, it is earned. And the empty, lie-based policy that sent American troops there will defile their presence there.
An early withdraw from Iraq would only be a sign that less soldiers would die on foreign soil. To pull them out shows no honor. It only shows our job is done there, and shame on us for letting our soldiers die there. Honor is what needs to be paid to the soldiers that have already passed.
The United States military was sent into Iraq for a multi-purposed mission, and while there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction, other objectives were to remove the current regime and help establish a legitimate and secured government in Iraq. To date, Iraq does not have a government; they are still negotiating a governmental body. Some potential side-effects of removing our troops from the Iraqi war theatre may be a) a increase in terrorism and insurgency, and b) an invasion into Iraq by forces such as Syria and Iran. Leaving early is a premature act; it may serve to undo everything we have worked to accomplish, making the contributions of those who have served negligible.
An early withdrawal from Iraq, without closure or the accomplishment of our purpose for being there would be demoralizing for U.S. soldiers. It would especially be a blow to those who gave their lives and others who are disabled because of their time in that country. There needs to be a specific plan of accomplishment that is finalized before a troop withdrawal. Then the soldiers would have a sense of accomplishment and completeness. I believe it would be a good idea to get an idea from those in Iraq and those who have been in Iraq what they feel should be done. For once, let those doing the fighting have a say in the outcome, instead of being pawns for political figureheads.
Leaving early would dishonor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives and suffered greatly in this war. Leaving before the mission is accomplished would dishonor the us troops by allowing Iraq to return to it's previous condition. That condition was considered serious enough to send our troops into harms way and it seems like finishing the task should be important enough to compel us to stay.
There is no honor to be had by these soldiers, who were sent under false pretenses. If anything, its consolidation of their efforts. A withdrawal may let insurgents back into power by their attempts to take over, but the soldiers will be dying less as a result. There is no business of us to influence a sovereign nation.