Today, Think Progress put together some numbers on the Iraq War. And for those who haven’t seen any news, Obama announced that all troops will be home by the holidays.
8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program
8 years, 215 days since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq
8 years, 175 days since President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln
4,479 U.S. military fatalities
30,182U.S. military injuries
103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths
2.8 millioninternally displaced Iraqis
$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011
$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes
$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq
Now the reason for Obama “bringing” our troops home is because Iraq would not grant US troops or trainers “immunity.”
Now, because this withdrawal deadline of December 31st, 2011 was something the Bush signed and that Iraq wouldn’t grant immunity. It was more of, Iraq kicking us out. I wonder why? After all, we only destroyed all of their infrastructure and killed over 100,000 civilians… But then again, Obama could have kept us there longer. So, he does deserve credit.
Either way, this is better than what Romney and Perry want.
“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women. The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) took a similar tone in a statement, saying he’s “deeply concerned” about the decision, and not offering any consideration to the Iraqis views. “The President was slow to engage the Iraqis and there’s little evidence today’s decision is based on advice from military commanders,” Perry said.
Ok, Think Progress notes that,
While it’s unclear what Romney means by failing “to secure an orderly transition in Iraq” (this process has been underway for years now), by asking to know what “our military commanders in Iraq” recommended, Romney doesn’t seem to understand that it was ultimately up to the Iraqis to decide whether U.S. troops stayed in Iraq past the 2011 deadline, not the U.S. military.
The Obama administration reportedly planned to keep upwards of 5,000 U.S. troops or “trainers” in Iraq past 2011 but the Iraqis refused to grant American soldiers immunity from Iraqi law.
It’s interesting that Romney and Perry wanted the troops to remain in Iraq considering this war is strongly opposed. But then again, it is Romney and Perry…
Oh, and fine, I’ll add this last bit about Bachmann at the Debate the other night. This is what she said,
Cutting back on foreign aid is one thing. Being reimbursed by nations that we have liberated is another. We should look to Iraq and Libya to reimburse us for part of what we have done to liberate these nations.
Yes, I’m sure after “liberating” them by destroying all of their buildings, and killing over 100,000 people, the first thing on their mind is how they will “repay” us for our “service.” Looks like they will gladly pay something on the order of $3-5 trillion… Yeah, good logic there Bachmann.
Maybe this can be the much needed stimulus?! Somehow I doubt it… and I don’t think that is a pessimistic view either.
Anyways, congrats to Obama.