If all goes well, it looks as if the long-promised troop withdrawal from Iraq is finally going to happen; President Barack Obama announced Friday that the remainder of the US troops still in Iraq will come home at the end of this year.
During the 8-year-long contentious and controversial conflict in Iraq, as many as 4,400 died during the war. Some military trainers may remain in Iraq to assist Iraqis further in the transition, but at this point, it doesn’t seem as if they will remain long in Iraq due to the wishes of the Iraqi government.
Not everyone is giving Obama the respect he deserves for this major accomplishment. Of course, even the troop withdrawal is not without its critics.
As the New York Times observes, Obama is maintaining his campaign pledge by bringing the troops home, which was one of the major issues during the 2008 election.
Just in the last few months, Obama ordered a commando raid which finally killed Osama bin Ladin and oversaw the death of Colonel Qaddafi.
In effect, Obama has almost fulfilled his promise and the American people’s dream of getting our troops home safely, and killed the world’s worst terrorist and one of the world’s most notorious dictators.
Yet I have a sneaking suspicion that Obama’s bold actions--in comparison to the slow movement of the Bush administration especially in regard to Osama bin Ladin--will be largely ignored by the Republican party who tout international security as a priority, but who do little to accomplish their stated goals.
Mitt Romney is already criticizing Obama’s statements about the withdrawal of the troops and is calling the long-awaited troop withdrawal “politically-motivated.”
I’m not sure exactly what “politically-motivated” means in this day and age; if politically-motivated means taking actions that the American people have been clamoring for for years, then yes, bringing the troops home is an extremely selfish and “politically-motivated” move. Just as killing Osama bin Ladin was.
Fulfilling campaign promises happens to be one of Obama’s specialties. Unfortunately, his habit of following through on his word gets little mention in the press. So far, he has accomplished much more than anyone thought he would be able to do. While not every item on his agenda has passed, Obama just demonstrated his effectiveness as a military leader.