Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Talking Tuesday


"Let me say this as plainly as I can: By Aug. 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama told U.S. Marines in a speech at Camp Lejeune, N.C. February 27, 2009.

So tell me... How does the United States properly exit Iraq?

Should we increase the number of troops for a faster and easier exit?

Should we let the Iraqis take care of their own country?

Should we pull out completely by the end of 2011?

Will setting a permanent date and then not meeting the date, carry diplomatic consequences for the United States?

British troops are officially beginning their pull out effective today, will this affect the U.S. pull out?

It's your turn.............

14 comments:

Average American said...

I still hate the whole idea of having a timetable for withdrawal. I hope and pray that we are close enough to the end zone so that it won't matter. I think that we are and I give the credit to our brave men and women who have served so valiantly over there, and also to our PREVIOUS C.I.C. From me, NObama gets only a miniscule amount of credit, that being for retaining people in charge who have proven that they belong in charge.

Nice blog Airman's Mom, I'll be back.

Joe

Hammer said...

If Iraq turns to an islamist taliban latrine when our boys leave there is going to be hell to pay.

Butler and Bagman said...

I have a hard time with questions like this. I have always been torn because I have been supportive of men who fight but have little faith in the ability of politicians at any level to come to any decision let alone the right one. I suspect there is no good way of exiting any country, nor is it possible to stay in a country that doesn't want you. Iraq will be Iraq no matter what we do or don't do at this point. The real question is how we support troops coming back.

Call Me Grandma said...

Butler and Bagman said it for me also.
I guess we take a gulp and hope for the best.
"Iraq will be Iraq no matter what."

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I'm so torn on this one. In one way I do think that we need to let them stand on their own and try with their new government. In other ways, I don't want to desert them. I think there is a far greater terror going on in Afghanistan. Like I said, I'm just so torn.......
I left a pretty picture especially for you on my Tuesday blog nice lady :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Julie said...

I'm with B&B on this one as well. I wish I knew the answer. I just hope our politicians know more than I do....

Grandma J said...

I say let our military leaders dictate our actions in the middle east. They are the experts and the only ones trained to make those decisions. None of them like war either. It's not a job anyone wants.

Alice said...

I certainly don't know the answer, but I'm staying on my knees talking to the ONE who does know. I just pray that we do the right thing. For everyone involved.

Mary said...

AM,

So many questions. So few answers. It's hard to say what will happen when US troops pull out of Iraq. I continue to pray for the men and women in uniform and for the Iraqui people.

Blessings,
Mary

Julie said...

I don't have an answer to your questions. I just do not want over 4,000 military people to have died in vain. Not to mention all the wounded and vets affected by this war. And let's not forget "us" the military families and loved ones. Hope President Obama knows what he is doing.

Love Letters to the Middle East said...

I'm not sure that there is one, specific way to properly exit Iraq, a number of factors play into America's withdrawal.
I feel like a quick exit would be putting our Toops at risk.

Although Obama initially promised to be out at said date, he has also once again, changed his promise and has stated that he will not fully remove troops without first speaking with his Military strategists. So we aren't for sure that we'll be out by this date. He has since changed his mind and has began to rethink his draw-down date.

I feel like as a SuperPower, America has a responsibility in several countries, Iraq included. It is partially our job to make sure that Iraq knows how to take care of their own country so that the Iraqi Military can stand alone. And that's what we're really, finally working on now. However, I think it's taking longer than anticipated and recent outbursts of violence have threatened the test of stability. And in my opinion, I don't know if Iraq's ready yet.

Of course if I had it my way, our Troops would be home. All I can say is I'm so thankful for the people and brave heroes that are willing to dedicate their lives in the means of democracy.

I don't know when we should pull the Troops out. And I think we have already experienced a little bit of what happens when we make a set date to leave Iraq.
I'm not sure how much the British leaving will affect us- as I think the U.S. is relying more on working with the Iraqi Military than in conjunction with the British. But I'm sure it will be less easy in some ways.
There will be consequences for more than just the U.S. once we leave and the U.S. will surely be criticized either way, but that's the unfortunate responsibility that comes along with being a world Super Power.

MRMacrum said...

I think that what "withdrawal" means to some and what it may end up being are two different things. I see a military presence of some kind in Iraq much longer than 2010. I imagine a force of 10,000 or so will be there long after "the withdrawal". We have established our presence and will not give it up entirely given the instability in the ME in general.

MightyMom said...

umm, I think that those who don't know diddle-spit about military actions (like me and the Pres) should leave all the military decisions to those who DO...(like our military leaders....)

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