Early this morning, the last of our troops left Iraq.
As we honor and reflect on the sacrifices that millions of men and women made for this war, I wanted to make sure you heard the news.
Bringing this war to a responsible end was a cause that sparked many Americans to get involved in the political process for the first time. Today’s outcome is a reminder that we all have a stake in our country’s future, and a say in the direction we choose.
Our thoughts to Obama: First of all, good keeping your word on Iraq. That’s a big step. Now, here’s the real challenge: Can you get out of Afghanistan after this? Or will diplomatic roadblocks continue to prevent this?
Obama wasn’t responsible for this. In fact, if it were up to him, the troops would still be there. The only reason they are being pulled out is because the Iraqi government refused to grant the US troops continued immunity from local laws. The original agreement with the Iraqi government expires on 12/31, which was set under George W Bush. Obama tried to extend this agreement, but talks fell through back in October. Obama has no choice but to pull troops out or else face a possible clash with the Iraqi government if an incident were to take place.
Here’s one source for the above: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-20124021/immunity-for-troops-was-iraq-deal-breaker/ - there’s plenty more out there if anyone wants to read more.