The Iraq War is finally coming to a long overdue end.
President Barack Obama announced last week that all 39,000 U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.
“Over the next two months our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home, “ said Obama who kept a campaign promise to end the war that he inherited. “The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops.”
The president, an opponent of the war from the beginning, is ending a war that should have never started.
President George W. Bush started the war nearly nine years ago under the false claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. The WMD were never found.
The Iraq War was a costly mistake that never should have happened.
The U.S. military operation in Iraq has cost nearly $1 trillion and more than 4,400 American lives.
The Obama administration decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq comes after failing to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government that would have left several thousand U.S. troops there for special operations and training.
Iraqi had refused to give U.S. troops immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts and the U.S. had refused to stay without the guarantee of legal protection for U.S. soldiers.
The president is facing criticism from conservatives and Republican presidential candidates for withdrawing from Iraq too soon.
But after nearly nine years how much longer do critics want the U.S. to stay in Iraq? The war could not go on indefinitely.
The president made the right decision in withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq.