This is the type of announcement that millions have been waiting to hear for years, but Friday President Obama made it official, “By August 31, 2010 our combat missions in Iraq will end.” So within the next 18 months close to 75 percent of the troops will be gone. The president said in a news conference Friday, “The United States will pursue a new strategy to end the war in Iraq through a transition to full Iraqi responsibility.”
President Obama called the Iraqi Prime Minister and former President George W. Bush on his way to give the speech to brief them on what he was going to say. Within the expressed time period, about 90,000 out of the current 140,000 troops will be gone, leaving anywhere from 35,000 to 50,000 still there to help with training, equipment, and other types of support of the Iraqi government.
But even though many were excited to hear the news, and various politicians have shown their support, there’s is still opposition. Naturally, many on the republican side do not agree, as many of the presidential candidates during the primary season insisted that leaving forces present in Iraq was a must. Senator John McCain, Obama’s rival in the election, said “We have not yet completed the mission in Iraq, and the gains we have made there remain fragile.” President Obama would even find opposition from within his own party with those such as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi believe that this withdrawal isn’t good enough. There’s criticisms with those being surprised that there still so many being left in the region and others who think that 18 months isn’t fast enough.
Not for nothin’, but with this troop withdrawal, the closing of Guantanamo Bay, and of course the economic stimulus that just passed, seems like Obama is wasting no time in taking care of all of his campaign promises. Lets just hope it works out the way he wants it.