After nearly nine years, President Obama is making good on a campaign pledge and honoring former President Bush’s decision to bring the combat troops home from Iraq by the end of the year. We have nearly 40,000 troops still there … and that number will go down to a few hundred.
Critics say we’re leaving Iraq vulnerable to its neighbor Iran. But I think it’s time for Iraq to stand up on its own. I didn’t agree with the initial invasion of Iraq, based on rumors of weapons that might be used against the U.S. Of course, the W-M-Ds did not exist. And it’s cost us nearly 44-hundred military dead, 32-thousand wounded, and more than 700 billion dollars.
Frankly, the United States has done enough to those people and for those people.
They live in a tough neighborhood and they know it better than anyone.
As for Iran … it’s an enemy Iraq has battled in the past. They have experience in that direction.
Our thought for today is from James Reston:
“This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.”