A Military Reaction to Leaving Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

On Friday, President Obama announced that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year. The U.S. had a long-standing agreement to withdraw its combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, but officials from both countries had discussed the possibility of maintaining a residual force of tens of thousands of troops to train Iraqis and fulfill other duties. Those plans fell through when Iraq refused to grant American troops legal immunity in Iraqi courts.

Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, spokesperson for U.S. Soldiers in Iraq, gives a military perspective on the planned withdrawal.

Comments [4]

Angel from Miami, FL

Finally. This personal vendetta against Hussein by Bush (and the Neo-Cons who steered him) is over.

The only thing the war in Iraq gave us were daily stories from a part of the world no one cares about. In exchange it took away countless lives on both sides, billions of our much needed dollars, and a national fatigue that may have finally crushed that go-getter spirit we got after WW2.

I'm not a pacifist but we really need to learn when not to fight.

Oct. 24 2011 09:21 AM
listener

Blue fingers marking elections in Tunisia, a dictator pulled from a hole in Libya and democratic habits being established around the region all sound very familiar and did not exist before the Iraq War.

Is that "exactly the case" as some miss the forest for the trees as they naively cheer "democracy" in the Middle East but sneer at the risky and courageous foreign policy decisions that helped make it happen over several years?

Oct. 24 2011 08:18 AM
Dan Bernard from NH

Buchanan spoke as a career soldier with a lot of job security in Iraq, so of course he was fully supportive of what sounds like a pet project to him. At least he acknowledged the withdrawal was not a sudden decision but one that was in place and had been prepared for for some time.

Oct. 24 2011 08:18 AM
Tom Hutchinson from GdaƄsk, Poland

I genuinely wonder how this will effect private military contractor's presence in the region. Could this actually mean that we are actually privatising the military presence in Iraq?

Oct. 24 2011 07:40 AM

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