Bringing the troops home

Troop levels and death by year since the US invasion in 2003

Meilin Liang
November 9, 2011

On Monday, Oct. 21, President Barack Obama announced that Iraq troops would be withdrawn by the end of the year, allowing soldiers to be home for the blissful holidays.
Obama has agreed to work with the Iraqi government in the upcoming years under full agreement. As of now, the relationship between the United States and Iraq will be a “normal relationship between sovereign nations, an equal partnership based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” said President Obama. With this, Obama will fulfill the pledge that he made in securing the nomination of president from the Democrat party four years ago. People are contended with this news but some feel as if Obama should’ve initiated the withdrawal earlier. “This should’ve been the first thing Obama should have done when he was elected in 2008,” said U.S. history teacher Mr. Thompson.
The war in Iraq has led to the death of more than 4,400 troops and cost more than $700 billion. When asked whether the war was worth the human and financial toll, economics Mr. MacLeod said, “Absolutely not, a lot of soldiers were killed and wounded.” Nearly 100,000 troops have already been withdrawn but 41,000 “non-combat” troops still remain. By the end of the year the last of the troops will depart Iraq with their heads held high.
After nine long years, America’s war in Iraq will finally be over.
Students are ecstatic about this because many students have family members or friends in Iraq. “I’m thankful for this withdrawal because I have a family friend who has been fighting and protection our country,” said senior Cherry Liu.
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