Last US troops leave Iraq as war ends

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Dec 18, 2011.


    Last US troops leave Iraq as war ends

    By REBECCA SANTANA | AP – 5 hrs ago

    KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) — The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy's exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast U.S. ally.

    The mission cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury. The question of whether it was worth it all is yet unanswered.
  2. Thank you for ending this war President Obama

  3. A big shout out to Nixon for ending the Viet Nam war ...too!!!!!
  4. Al-Jazeera is airing live indepth news and interviews with the soldiers and various other Iraqis. Everyone is so grateful to President Obama..... welcome home guys and don't let the poster children sent you to another useless war.

    Bloomberg aired a clip showing an International approval rating of 80% for President Obama. :) .
  5. Max E.

    Max E.

    Of course you realize that all he is doing is ending the war according the Bush's original timetable right? Today’s ceremony ending the Iraq war is the withdrawal date negotiated by George W. Bush, not President Obama.

  6. negotiated with whom........ maxi ?
    dick cheenee.? ? ? . :mad: .
  7. Max E.

    Max E.

    This was the date Bush had originally negotiated for the exit of Iraq with their government, and we are getting kicked out of Iraq, this isnt something Obama did by choice.

    Dont take it from me, take it from Your far left pal Keith Olbermann.

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  8. Lucrum


    And more importantly to Odumbo just in time to help his re-election bid.

  9. If the US President wanted to stay,we would have stayed

    McCain made it clear he intended to stay longer and the current GOP contenders are criticizing Obama for ending the war.

    GOP candidates blast Obama on Iraq

    GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain are blasting President Obama for his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

    "The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government," said Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

    Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, said Obama's decision is "a political decision" and "not a military one."

    The Obama campaign hit back on Romney and noted the president is keeping his promise to "end the war in Iraq in a responsible way."

    "Mitt Romney didn't lay out a plan to end the war in Iraq in his foreign policy agenda -- he barely even mentioned Iraq -- but he is apparently willing to leave American troops there without identifying a new mission," said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.

    Obama announced earlier today that all American forces will be out of Iraq by Jan. 1, which will formally end a war that began in 2003 when U.S. troops led an invasion of Baghdad to topple Saddam Hussein's regime.

    Huntsman said it's a "mistake" not to leave a "small, focused" number of U.S. troops. Without a security agreement, the former U.S. ambassador to China said Iraq is "vulnerable to backsliding."

    "An ideal arrangement would have left a small troop presence that could have assisted with the training of Iraqi security forces and vital counterterror efforts," said Huntsman, also a former Utah governor.

    Bachmann said the U.S. has been "ejected" from Iraq and should have demanded "that Iraq repay the full cost of liberating them given their rich oil revenues. "

    Romney said the American people should hear from military commanders on their recommendations for Iraq.

    Cain said he would also consult U.S. commanders on the ground, adding that Obama is making a strategic mistake by publicly stating a timeline for withdrawal.

    "The thing I wouldn't do that the president is doing is telling the enemy how many troops you're going to bring out and when you are going to bring them out," he said. "I don't think that's a good strategy."
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